Bali To Vaccinate 50,000 Tourism Workers In Bid To Reopen Island

Bali Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash

More than 50,000 workers in the tourism industry have been registered for the island’s Covid-19 vaccination programme as the island looks at measures to reopen borders.

Sandiaga S Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, identified tourism workers as one of the priority groups for the vaccine.

Authorities on the island are hoping that they will be able to re-open to tourists once the workers have received the vaccine, even if they need to identify travel bubbles or corridors with low-risk countries.

Indonesia has secured 329 million doses of various vaccines which will enable around a third of the population to be vaccinated.

The country is also conducting trials of a “Corona Breathalyzer” which is a non-invasive screening tool that initial trials show has a 98% accuracy rate, comparable to PCR tests. The test, called “GeNose” costs just US$1 per test and gives results in less than 2 minutes. If this, or similar tests being developed elsewhere, are successful it could be a game-changer for Covid testing for tourism, attractions and events around the world.

Source TTR Weekly

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