Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Friday that his government should be able to announce a change in border measures next week that “the worst Omicron is behind us.”
During a press conference in Ottawa, which provides the latest information on COVID-19, Duclos did not suggest what those changes could entail, but this week conservative opponents said border measures He criticized him for not keeping pace with other developed countries.
“The PCR test on arrival before departure for fully vaccinated travelers is meaningless. It’s not science. Canada’s current COVID-19 travel ban has been abolished.” Said Conservatives and critics of Melissa Lantzmann’s transport at the House of Commons on February 10.
The government is obsessed with imposing measures and advocating for obedience to science, and Friday’s Duclos is “cautious” in discourse on what to consider when deciding to mitigate public health measures. Added the concept of “sa”.
“As you know, science is constantly evolving, and as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to make decisions based on the best scientific information and prudence available.” Said Duclos.
“Public health restrictions currently enforced, especially by states and territories, have always been temporary. Some of these restrictions have been with us for a long time. Others have an epidemiological situation. , Science, and prudence will be lifted as soon as allowed. “
Duclos also worked on what happened earlier in the week when his colleague MP Joël Lightbound broke the ranks and asked the government to provide a roadmap to lift all restrictions under its authority.
The Minister of Health said he “has a considerable level of affection and respect for my dear friend Joel,” and said they regularly discuss pandemic management.
“I have always appreciated and appreciated these inputs. In democracy, it is a healthy practice for everyone to express their opinions. Discussions and discussions should always be encouraged.”
Duclos and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam were asked twice at a press conference for data and research justifying the obligation of vaccines to truck drivers, and whether it was worth jeopardizing social peace. Was also asked.
Duclos did not have a direct answer, saying that “vaccination is not a punishment, but a” form of protection “.”
“There is no breakdown of the numbers based on occupation,” Tam said, and did not quote the data. This is not one of the indicators in the database. “
However, she said there was “clear evidence” that obliged her to work, as uptake increased after being forced.
Tam said Canada has passed the peak of the Omicron wave, based on available indicators such as positive rate, reproduction number, wastewater surveillance, and reported daily cases.
This means that health authorities across the country are currently looking at ways to manage the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a more sustainable way.
“This allows the jurisdiction to begin to relax restrictions, and after a few months when the virus is expected to still exist, such as the emergence of new variants with uncertain characteristics of infection rate and severity. The plan is also included. “
Some states have already announced the removal of controversial measures such as vaccine passports, with Saskatchewan first removing them.
Tam also asked what needs to be done to adapt long-term management of COVID-19 while monitoring the evolution of the virus, “Do I need to change the vaccine? What do I need to do in the fall? is there?”