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Shipping chaos here to stay with most seafarers unvaccinated

As global vaccinations of seafarers move too slowly, Covid-19 outbreaks in ports and on ships continue to create trade disruptions, endangering maritime workers and potentially slowing economies trying to pull out of pandemic slowdowns. "It's a perfect storm," says Chair of the International Chamber of Shipping.

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Global vaccinations of seafarers are going too slowly to prevent outbreaks on ships from causing more trade disruptions, endangering maritime workers and potentially slowing economies trying to pull out of pandemic slowdowns.

Infections on vessels could further harm already strained global supply chains, just as the US and Europe recover and companies start stocking up for Christmas. The shipping industry is sounding the alarm as infections increase and some ports continue to restrict access to seafarers from developing countries that supply the majority of maritime workers but can’t vaccinate them.

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