Hours after announcing border easing slated for July 6, Canada was snubbed on Twitter by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which calls the federal government’s measures “discriminatory against families.” .
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Earlier Monday, Ottawa announced the end of mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers. However, this only includes citizens and permanent residents, and effectively excludes foreigners who would like to visit the country, whether vaccinated twice or not.
“What is the scientific evidence supporting the differentiation between a fully vaccinated Canadian and other fully vaccinated travelers?” asks IATA, the largest trade organization representing the airline industry on the planet.
The organization, which also lobbies governments, criticizes Canada for its decision to impose a quarantine on children under 12, who still cannot be vaccinated, but not on their families.
“Under the new rules updated by the Government of Canada, children must undergo a quarantine despite the two screening tests, while their parents are exempt. It is discrimination against families, and it defies science! ”, We can read on the IATA Twitter account.
At a press briefing, the Federal Ministers of Health and Transport, Patty Hajdu and Omar Alghabra, defended themselves against making public the precise criteria on which the government bases its decisions. Minister Hajdu reiterated that the government took into account “several criteria” at the same time.
Even today, public health in Canada has not authorized a vaccine for children 12 years of age and under. That should eventually change, but in the meantime, parents who have received the two necessary doses will have to manage their children’s quarantine, even if they will have the right to go out themselves.
In fact, no country has authorized a vaccine against COVID-19 to children under the age of 12. Several European countries extended vaccination among adolescents 12 and older only earlier this month.
The manufacturer Pfizer is conducting clinical studies with children 12 years of age and under to determine the effectiveness of its vaccine in this age group. According to current scientific data, children are less at risk of developing severe complications from the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
IATA projects that the airline industry will regain its pre-pandemic cruising speed in 2023, when the number of air passengers returns to 2019 levels. For the current year, the organization estimates that the number of passengers will settle at 52% of the prepandemic level.
In a message sent to the QMI Agency late Monday afternoon, the Ministry of Transport reiterates that “Canada’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic is based on the most recent data and scientific studies”.
“Since vaccines are not allowed for children under 12, most children will not be vaccinated. Therefore, in order to protect Canadians from imported cases of COVID-19, public health experts recommend that children under 12 remain in quarantine for 14 days, ”the minister’s office was told. .