Singapore Airlines says it will hire Ebola-ready crew

Image copyright SIA Image caption Robert Bone, Head of Operations, SAS image A flight of Singapore Airlines would be required to fly with a fully vaccinated crew should Ebola virus enter the regional shipping…

Singapore Airlines says it will hire Ebola-ready crew

Image copyright SIA Image caption Robert Bone, Head of Operations, SAS image

A flight of Singapore Airlines would be required to fly with a fully vaccinated crew should Ebola virus enter the regional shipping lanes, says the airline.

Singapore Airlines said it would not restock Ebola vaccine doses under any circumstances.

The highly contagious virus has been circulating in West Africa, spreading to Europe in the past few years and spreading through countries in the Middle East.

Shenzhen Airlines is also said to be considering going fully vaccinated, says CNN.

It follows reports that the recently-screened man who fell ill in southern California had Ebola. He is currently being monitored at a hospital.

“We have updated our flight crew handbook to include the requirements to carry the Ebola vaccine,” said Robert Bone, Head of Operations at SAS.

SAS flies from Dubai to Malmö in Sweden. The regional route is operated under a partnership between SAS and Indian airline SpiceJet.

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Ebola has claimed 20,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in 2014

Ebola has claimed more than 20,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in 2014. The virus does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from blood or other body fluids of a sick person.

There is currently a worldwide Ebola vaccination programme for the world, with the European Commission set to provide vaccines to countries in West Africa.

Flu and RSV vaccines have also been provided to those at risk of Ebola infection in several countries and health centres have also been equipped to protect staff.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said it “reaffirms that SIA will not restock Ebola vaccine doses, provided to SIA in order to guard against the Ebola virus, under any circumstances”.

It explained that given the precautions taken at Singapore Airlines, it could not readily “carry virus-spreading material like batteries, laptop computers, and toothpaste.

“Accordingly, our cabin crew handbooks now have been updated accordingly.”

The airline said it would always be actively providing advice to its crew in case of any possible risk to their health.

The statement, which was also sent to other media, said SIA was ready to support future operations with the newly-updated handbook.

“Under no circumstances are the Ebola vaccine vaccine doses loaded with any virus and stored on SIA aircraft,” the statement added.

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