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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: After one-day trip to the Netherlands to meet a long-time ally and friend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels to Rome today for a uniquely important G20 summit to reaffirm past emissions reduction targets, address the continuing COVID-19 health crisis as well as the resulting economic fallout from pandemic-fueled inflation and supply chain disruptions.
Image credit: Twitter handle of G20 Italy.
"I'm fairly optimistic that we can still achieve a good outcome. But, if we don't work hard, it could be in trouble," Dutch Prime Mark Rutte said Friday at a press conference when asked about the prospect of climate success at the G20.
Trudeau and Rutte pledged Friday after their bilateral meeting in the Hague to meet every two years face-to-face to address shared priorities, such as progress on climate issues.
Another pressing concern for for Trudeau and his fellow G20 leaders is just how few people in the developing world have been vaccinated against COVID-19, said Boehm, who was the G7 sherpa when Canada hosted the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in 2018, as unvaccinated could become vectors for new variants.
With only 2 per cent of people in low-income countries having received a vaccine dose, former British prime minister Gordon Brown "high-level action by the G20 will help immensely" to get shots into the arms of the world's poor, CBC News reported.
Boehm said he expects G20 leaders will commit to boosting the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which is charged with supplying the 'global south' with shots.
"Why is the global economy in such a fraught state? Well, it's because of the pandemic. We have to redouble our efforts to vaccinate more, to make this ACT accelerator work," Boehm said. "It's all we've got," CBC News reports said.
#CanadaGovt; #ProofOfVaccinationDocumentation; #InternationalTravel
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's federal government advises Canadians to use their provincial and territorial proof-of-vaccination documentation to travel internationally, and added it will be up to foreign governments if they would accept it or not.
Image: COVID-19 proof of vaccination documentation. Image credit: Govt of Canada website
While speaking on background during a briefing Thursday morning, Government officials said that they are confident they will be widely accepted, adding that the government is working with other countries to secure acceptance abroad.
The standardized COVID-19 proof of vaccination was designed featuring the national wordmark, the logo with the word "Canada" and flag, and includes the holder's name and date of birth, number of doses, the type of vaccine, lot numbers, dates of vaccination and a QR code which includes the vaccination history.
#Canada; #Covid19MolecularTest; #CanadiansReturningFromUS; #PCRTest; #NAATTest
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: COVID-19 molecular test is mandatory for Canadians returning from the United States (U.S.) after the land border between Canada the U.S. reopens to fully vaccinated travelers on Nov 8.
COVID-19 Molecular Test. Image credit: Twitter handle of SDxLabs
Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live on Sunday that acquiring a negative test has "proven to be one of the more effective requirements" for travelers and that maintaining the requirement was a recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
At present, as long as Canadians have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, including an antigen test -- which is a much cheaper and more easily accessed -- can fly to the U.S.
But while returning to Canada, Canadians are required to provide a negative molecular test within 72 hours of departure. Some commonly used tests by travelers such as PCR can cost more than $139 US. Other acceptable molecular tests are NAAT test.
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Toronto/IBNS: The government of Canada's mandatory vaccine policy was unveiled during a press conference on Oct 6 by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requiring all public servants to either get their shots by month's end or be forced into an unpaid leave of absence.
Image: Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
All would-be travelers boarding planes, trains, or marine vessels must also be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30.
Approximately 267,000 employees covered by this policy including federal contractors, like cleaning staff, must report their vaccination status by Oct. 29 to gain access to government buildings.
Two weeks after this date If employees still haven't had their shots or received some sort of accommodation under the Canadian Human Rights Act. they will face "disciplinary action that could ultimately cost them their job," a senior government official said at a technical briefing with reporters ahead of Trudeau's announcement, CBC News reports said.
Unvaccinated employees will be barred from going to work both in person or remotely, and would be put on administrative leave and denied pay. It was also said by a senior official said these employees will not qualify for employment insurance (EI) benefits, CBC News reports said.
"These travel measures, along with mandatory vaccination for federal employees, are some of the strongest in the world because when it comes to keeping you and your family safe when it comes to avoiding lockdowns for everyone, this is no time for half measures," Trudeau said during a press conference on Oct 6 and added,