When interstate travel is allowed and national borders are reopened, 80% of Langkawi residents must be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to construct a travel bubble on the resort island.
The State government is collaborating with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) to guarantee that roughly 61,000 Langkawi people receive at least one dosage of vaccine, according to Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.
“At the district Disaster Operations Control Centre (PKOB) level, which is administered by district officers, we have organized to supply vaccination centers (PPV) to speed up the vaccination procedure.
"After the vaccination procedure in Langkawi is completed, persons who have completed two doses of vaccine injections can begin vacationing in Langkawi in September, Insya-Allah," he said.
He added that Qatar Airways had shown its willingness to implement the travel bubble with Langkawi by providing seven flights per week to the resort island from 121 foreign destinations.
"They (Qatar Airways) met with the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) yesterday to announce their commitment, and we expect that once the vaccination program in Langkawi is completed, this travel bubble can be implemented," he said.
According to Muhammad Sanusi, the tourism sector in Langkawi needs to be revived because rivals Krabi and Phuket in Thailand are also set to open shortly.
Meanwhile, he claims that all PPVs in Kedah can provide 80,000 vaccine doses every week.
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