“Be among the first to get the Corona vaccine,” said the teaser message, which has been going rounds on WhatsApp this week.
With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading around the globe and with every country trying to develop a vaccine successfully, a Mumbai-based travel company named 'Gems Tours and Travel' has offered to fly those who want to get a dose of the covid-19 vaccine to the US for a four-day stay for a cost of Rs 1.75 lakh. This cost will include air tickets to and from Mumbai to New York, a hotel stay for three nights and four days along with breakfast and one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
As the tentative date for the Pfizer vaccine to be officially published and ready to sell in the United States is 11th December 2020, the firm further adds to its advertisement that “As soon as the Pfizer vaccine is officially published to sell in America we are ready to get done for a select few VVIP clients."
The times of India further received a message from the Mumbai based travel firm which read "We are developing vaccine tourism. We are not holding or procuring any vaccine. Everything we will arrange will be within the laws of the US. We will only process your requirements. Right now, no time frame can be committed. We do not collect any advance or deposits now. We just need your registration with us with your name, email, cell, age, anyone of physical complications and passport copy. Rest everything will be done as per official permissions of the health department there. Unless they announce official sales to people other than Americans citizens, we cannot get you the vaccine".
Although, TOI couldn't get in touch with the Mumbai based travel firm again despite making several efforts.