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April 20, 2021 2:45 PM, EDT

North Dakota to Share Vaccine With Manitoba Truckers

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North Dakota and the province of Manitoba have undertaken a joint initiative to vaccinate Canada-based truck drivers transporting goods to and from the U.S.

The arrangement was announced by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who said it was the first such program between a Canadian and American jurisdiction.

Manitoba will identify and coordinate with eligible individuals and work with North Dakota to schedule vaccination appointments for truck drivers during their routine trips to the U.S. over the next six to eight weeks. It is estimated that roughly 2,000 to 4,000 Manitoba drivers will take part in the program.

“With adequate vaccine supplies and all North Dakotans having access to vaccine while Canada is dealing with a vaccine shortage, we want to do our part to ensure essential workers from Canada who are frequently traveling through our state are vaccinated,” Burgum said in a statement. “The timely and effective administration of vaccines is essential for public health and the eventual safe reopening of our shared border.”

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