RwandAir has achieved a milestone today as it has announced that all its staff, both on the ground and in the air, and also non-airline staff working at Kigali International Airport have all been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. It has now become the first-ever airline in Africa to vaccinate all its employees and sets it on a path to begin safe flights as the airline heads through 2021. The airline is now the first in Africa to achieve a 100% vaccination rate, which it says will be the ‘safest airline on the continent.’
Rwanda began its vaccine deployment on the 3rd of March, after 240,000 doses of COVAX, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer vaccines were brought into the country. Priority was given to frontline workers first, and also those aged over 65 and people with fundamental health conditions. Since then, a lot more of the COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the country, many brought in by RwandAir with Qatar Airways.
It’s been over a year now since Qatar Airways tried buying almost half of RwandAir. Since then, negotiations are still going on, and the deal is still not done yet but they are both coming close to agreeing on a deal.
The CEO of the RwandAir, Yvonne Manzi Makolo says that she is looking forward to welcoming back customers and tourists to the airline, saying that safety remains its main priority.
RwandAir has not been profitable up to date, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Sealing a deal with Qatar is needed in order to push forward in a strong position through 2021. However, the Airline’s motive to vaccinate all its staff along with other initiatives such as the trials of the IATA Travel Pass put the airline in the best position of success in these difficult times.
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