When I wrote about travel agencies promoting US tour packages to get vaccinated I assumed this was a marginal play, that a few people might be doing it.
However South American carrier and Delta partner LATAM reports this is what’s filling their planes to the U.S. right now,
LATAM Airlines Group (LTM.SN), the region’s largest carrier, said on Thursday that it is seeing increased demand from South Americans seeking to travel to the United States to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
…[LATAM chief financial officer Ramior] Alfonsin told reporters that LATAM passengers from Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are flying directly to the United States, while those from Argentina are flying via Santiago or Lima.
Taking a VACCation to the U.S. is good, but the U.S. should be doing more to vaccinate the world rather than building stockpiles of shots that won’t likely be used here (including of vaccines that have been approved in other countries but not in the U.S.).
The major concern at this point in the pandemic is mutations. The virus mutates inside of people, so the best way to protect against mutation is to vaccinate people. Even if you don’t value the lives of people abroad, the best way to protect yourself is to vaccinate them.