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Canada will allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to return across the border from the United States, reversing a decision requiring all truckers to be inoculated against the coronavirus, Canada’s border agency said on Wednesday. The Canada Border Services Agency said that unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated Canadian truck drivers arriving at the U.S.-Canada border will remain exempt from pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements. However, truckers from the United States will still need to be vaccinated or they will be turned back at the border from Jan. 15, a CBSA spokesperson said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had faced pressure from the main opposition party and trucking lobby to drop the vaccine mandate for truckers, saying it could result in driver shortages, disrupt trade and drive up inflation. A Canadian government source said the decision was taken to ensure smooth supply chains. Trudeau’s Liberal government had set the Saturday deadline requiring all truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccination as part of its fight against COVID-19. With more than two-thirds of the C$650 billion ($511 billion) in goods traded annually between Canada and the United States traveling on roads, the trucking industry is key.

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