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In an open letter published by the International Chamber of Shipping, associations and corporate leaders from throughout the global transport industry have come together to call for governments to ensure the free movement of transport workers, end travel bans and remove restrictions that continue to impact the industry.
The letter comes from IRU, the world road transport organisation, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, ICS, the International Chamber of Shipping, and ITF, the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
In the letter, they said: “Transport workers keep the world running and are vital for the free movement of products, including vaccines and PPE, but have been continually failed by governments and taken for granted by their officials.”
The organisations say that heads of governments around the world have failed to listen or to take decisive actions needed to solve the current transport crisis. The letter calls for these world leaders to work together to increase the global vaccine supply, prioritise vaccines for transport workers and guarantee their free and safe movement.
They added: “We ask that our transport workers are given priority to receive WHO recognised vaccines and heads of government work together to create globally harmonised, digital, mutually recognised vaccination certificate and processes for demonstrating health credentials (including vaccination status and Covid-19 test results), which are paramount to ensure transport workers can cross international borders.
“We also call on the WHO to take our message to health ministries. Despite early engagement at the outset of the pandemic and issuance of guidance, health and transport ministries have not utilised it, resulting in the situation we face today. We need the WHO and governments to work together to ensure this guidance is accepted and followed.”
You can read the full letter on the International Chamber of Shipping website.