On March 11, 2019, COVID-19 was officially declared a global pandemic. 24 months have passed, and we are not yet able to take full stock of its impact. That endeavour will take many more years. To date, more than 37,000 Canadians have passed away from the virus, including some of our members, relatives, grandparents, and friends. To all the families who have lost a loved one, we offer our condolences and our support.
The federal government will require professional drivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to cross the border with the United States as early as January 15. The U.S. government made the same announcement recently.
François Laporte, president of Teamsters Canada, is reminding provincial and federal governments that intercity, urban and school bus drivers are also important workers in this pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is global. We are facing one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not the first time that collectively and individually, we are faced with adversity. I notice, with satisfaction, that we are already showing solidarity and compassion for one another.