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Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Report says Trudeau will announce new guidelines

CBC News reported that the Canadian government will announce the end of COVID-19 vaccination mandates for domestic air and rail travel and outbound international travel.

Citing unidentified sources familiar with the matter, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the Trudeau administration could reinstate the vaccine mandate if a new variant of the virus is discovered.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has come under criticism over ongoing pandemic restrictions, has suspended random COVID testing at all his airports for the rest of June to reduce the long wait times travelers face.

His government had made it mandatory for federal public servants to get vaccinated while unvaccinated people were banned from traveling to ensure the safety of travelers and industry workers, according to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

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In response to delays and long lines at airports, the Canadian government has come under pressure to relax some public health measures from opposition parties, as well as industry organizations.

With the emergence of the more infectious variant of Omicron, experts have questioned the effectiveness of vaccination mandates presented by Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos as an effective way to get more Canadians vaccinated.

After testing positive following his trip to the United States for the Summit of the Americas, Trudeau said his lack of serious symptoms was “because I got my shots.”

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