Mr. Chair, let me start out by saying that vaccines have proven to have saved lives and continue to save lives. At a moment in time when our public health system is under a lot of pressure, vaccines continue to be an incredible tool in saving lives and protecting the health and safety of Canadians and our health care system.
The federal government has suspended most of our mandates. The only mandate we have is at our borders, as in many countries around the world. It is done to ensure that we minimize the importation of the virus and to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Let me point out to my honourable colleague—on top of all the studies that have been done over the last two years—two different studies, just in the last two months. One was done by the Canadian Medical Association. One was done by the University of British Columbia, which demonstrated that these public health measures, including mandates, protect health and safety and have saved upwards of 60,000 lives and prevented the importation of the virus tenfold at our borders.
There is ample evidence that I'm happy to table with the committee that provides justification for these vaccines.