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Vaccine mandates, border measures part of updated North American flu pandemic plan


Vaccine mandates, border measures and travel restrictions are on the table as part of an updated human-animal influenza pandemic agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. 

A report detailing the trilateral North American Preparedness for Animal and Human Pandemics Initiative (NAPAHPI) was quietly released this month detailing the scope and governance of the trilateral agreement. 

NAPAHPI is to be governed by the relevant ministries of each country. In Canada, that is the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada, Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

As an updated version of the North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza, it aims to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic on how to best implement sweeping measures to deal with viral outbreaks, including imposing vaccine mandates and strict border controls.

Under the guise of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, NAPAHPI promises to bolster regional health security by coordinating “the formulation of proposed laws and other legal administrative provisions.” 

One of the key objectives of the updated agreement is to assess the implementation of border measures and closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“NAPAHPI partners intend to explore the feasibility of conducting an analysis and evidence review of the effectiveness of international border measures/closures during COVID-19 to inform future responses,” the plan reads. 

“The implementation of border health measures at airports, seaports, and land borders such as screening of passengers, vaccination requirements, quarantine, and entry restrictions, etc., should be evidence-based and aimed to slow the introduction or spread of a pathogen in the region.”