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Truckers, vaccines and mandates and their impact on Alaska

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To the editor: The Canadian government recently issued a mandate that prohibits unvaccinated truck drivers from crossing the Canadian border. The United States has instituted a similar ban. We understand the health concerns surrounding Covid-19, and we support public health efforts to slow spread of this virus, but banning unvaccinated truck drivers could restrict the flow of goods to Alaska in concerning ways.

As Interior Alaska residents know all too well, our supply chain connections to the Lower 48 is already susceptible to disruptions. Anyone who has found an entire aisle empty at the store knows that one delayed barge or truck can have ripple effects for businesses and consumers. Our members rely on a predictable flow of goods into Alaska by sea, air, and land. If one of those routes is suddenly restricted, we risk further shortages, delays and broad economic impacts.


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