Air VnV: sold-out flights start from Taiwan to Guam for ‘vacation and vaccination’ trips
07/08/2021|10:27:43 PM|the Guardian

On Tuesday afternoon in Taipei about 170 people, some dressed in hazmat suits and face shields, boarded a plane bound for the Pacific island of Guam.

The sold-out flight was a package holiday with a Covid twist: dubbed “Air V&V” (vacation and vaccination), Guam is capitalising on its abundance of vaccines to revive its tourism industry, and Taiwan’s residents are the first customers.

Guam, a US territory in Micronesia, announced the tours in June, with the campaign pitch “vacation while you wait”.

The island has fully vaccinated about 75% of its adult population. Taiwan, suffering major shortages, has given at least one dose to just over 10% and fully vaccinated about 0.2%.

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