Opinion: Vaccine won’t be a silver bullet

“There are several known hurdles that still stand in the way of immunizing people once a candidate – or hopefully even more than one – is determined to be safe and effective. The vaccine needs to be mass produced, distributed, and people need to choose to become vaccinated. It’s this last part that may wind up the trickiest – people may just not take it. I’ve seen an increasing number of people in my Facebook feed talking about not getting the vaccine once it’s available (it seems to correlate with a person’s views on masks). Add in that a vaccine could require a booster shortly after the first dose, and you’ve got a lot resting on voluntary compliance.”

— Gary Leff, View from the Wing

Quotable: ASTA chief defends cruises

“We’re conditioning American travelers to believe that cruising is ‘bad’ and then looking the other way when industry leaders point to real solutions that could mitigate the risks for travelers. We can no longer avoid the conversation surrounding the fact that our own government is not helping where it can and should. Rather–our own government is shirking responsibility and playing an active role in bringing the travel industry to its knees.”

— Zane Kerby, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) president and CEO, in Travel Pulse

Quotable: The CDC needs the same independence as the Federal Reserve

“Like the Fed, the CDC is run by technical experts who are often among the best minds in their fields. Like the Fed, the CDC is responsible for both analysis and crisis response. Like the Fed, the domain of the CDC is prone to politicization that may interfere with rational response. And like the Fed, the CDC is responsible for decisions that affect fundamental aspects of the quality of life in the United States. Were the CDC independent right now, we would likely see a centralized crisis management effort that relies on the best science, as opposed to the current patchwork approach that has failed to contain the outbreak nationally. We would also likely see stronger and consistent recommendations on masks, social distancing and the safest way to reopen the economy and schools.”

Mitchel Y. Abolafia, professor, University at Albany, State University of New York

Comment: People may tell Covid-19 to ‘sod off’

Travel Weekly UK: Basically, in society we rely on social conscience and peer group pressure to enforce most laws. And although I see this working for enforcing the wearing of facemasks at airports and on flights, when thousands of pounds and a family holiday is on the line people may start bending the rules. How many people returning to the UK in the last couple of weeks have actually quarantined themselves for 14 days. I’m sure we all know a few who have not. I’m not immune, and I’m not telling everybody to sod off with their Covid-19 restrictions. But I fear that, soon, many people will be.

Quotable: Can cruising go from Covid scapegoat to pandemic hero?

“Crises of the magnitude of Covid-19 spur a binary result for enterprises: innovation or collapse. And the high degree of risk posed to cruise lines is measurable, reflected in the cost of the loans and investments they arranged to ensure midterm liquidity.  But signs have emerged that cruising will not only survive but even offer a case study of exemplary crisis management.”

Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly

Letter to the editor: Cruise ships in Poole bay cause pollution

Bournemouth Daily Echo ; Whilst the appearance of up to four cruise ships from the Carnival Group of companies is currently an attraction in Poole Bay, we need to discourage them anchoring off near the conurbation. Just 30 miles to the east, Southampton is one of the top six towns and cities in the UK with the poorest air quality, and a significant contributor to this is shipping including cruise ships.

Sorry to say, travel isn’t rebounding as quickly as some think

View from the Wing: Ultimately once the effect of the virus trails off dragging down air travel, aviation growth tends to mirror the economy. How quickly air travel returns is both caused by, and in part determined by, growth in travel (especially business travel). I’ve been pessimistic about a ‘v-shaped recovery’ hope from the start though we’ve fallen far enough that initial growth numbers will look impressive. But I believe it will be some time before the economy returns to its previous trajectory.

Quotable: Racism’s hard reality

“The past week teaches us a hard lesson: we have assumed progress in this area, but the actual progress has not evolved as far as we have all assumed or hoped. There hasn’t been some sudden spike in racism, just more people recording incidents and showing us in a tangible way what so many feel every day. Or, as Will Smith put it, ‘Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.’

 

“At the end of the day, it is still much harder to be a person of color in America than it is to be white. We can go months trying to tell ourselves otherwise; then there is yet another episode like George Floyd’s to remind us of the hard reality.”

Richard Fain, CEO and chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.