Ford Calls on Feds To Immediately Ban Flights From Countries Linked To Vaccine-Resistant Variant
Premier Doug Ford has called on the federal government to ban all flights and passengers from countries that are linked to the newly discovered variant of concern found in Africa.
Ford released the following statement in response to the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong:
“I was just briefed by Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, about the new variant that’s been found in several countries in Africa that early reports suggest could be vaccine-resistant. I have contacted the federal government to express my extreme concern about the risks it poses and the need for immediate action today.
“We cannot repeat the same mistakes that allowed the Alpha and Delta variants to enter our country. Our best defense right now is stopping this variant at the border.
“Until we can be certain that the vaccines are effective against this new variant, I am calling on the Government of Canada to follow other governments by immediately banning all flights and passengers from countries of concern. Anyone arriving before the ban is implemented should be tested and quarantined, including the many passengers arriving today. Out of an abundance of caution, we must also reintroduce point-of-arrival testing for all passengers arriving to Canada, regardless of where they’re coming from.
“I’ve asked the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Ontario to immediately implement expanded surveillance and update scenario planning to ensure we are ready for any outcome.”