(Ottawa) The Trudeau government is continuing this study, despite the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States due to the delta variation, and wants to reopen the border to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers as scheduled from August 9th.
Government sources said Press Despite the increase in the number of cases south of the border in recent days, the decision to allow U.S. tourists to travel to Canada has not been questioned.
In Washington, a White House official raised the possibility of the United States repatriating fully vaccinated foreign travelers, but without giving a specific timetable, the AFP reported Wednesday evening.
According to the unnamed official, the Biden administration is developing a “step-by-step approach, that is, with limited exceptions, all foreign nationals coming to the United States – from all countries – should be fully vaccinated.”
The task force responsible for the issue is “formulating a policy to be ready to move towards this new organization, in a timely manner,” the official said.
So the warning is in order, but it is a change in the tone of the United States, although it does not want to hear about tests or vaccines to reopen its borders on July 26th.
In the United States, the daily average reached 66,000 new Govt-19 cases last week, an increase of 64% over the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These cases forced Americans who refused to be vaccinated to redouble their efforts to persuade the Biden administration to reach their size.
Last month, the Trudeau government announced that it wanted to reopen the Canada-US border to non-essential travel after it had been suspended for about 16 months by the Govt-19 epidemic. The decision was applauded by the business community, which called for flexibility in the case of individuals who have been fully vaccinated for several weeks. But the United States has decided to maintain restrictions for at least a month until August 21 so that Canadian travelers cannot reach the United States via land.
“We are closely monitoring the progress of the United States.
“We have provided tools to tighten border operations if necessary. We did this in the past when we stopped flights from Great Britain, for example, when the situation required it and in the case of Pakistan as well,” he added, adding that Canadian officials would not hesitate to do this on the Canada-US border if necessary. do it.
From next week
Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino also stressed on Tuesday that changes to his Twitter account would take effect early next week.
From August 9, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada for non-essential travel. On September 7, all fully vaccinated passengers will be able to enter Canada for non-essential travel! He wrote in his tweet.
All travelers must submit a negative Covit-19 test result and vaccination certificate before arriving through the App Visit to CAN.
Also until August 9, airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton will be added to the list of Canadian cities, and international flights will be allowed to land.
A “calculated risk”
According to Roxanne Borgas da Silva, a professor at the University of Montreal School of Public Health, reopening the border is a “calculated risk” for American travelers.
“Americans can come in twice as vaccinated and have a negative test within 24 hours or 48 hours of travel. In this context, the risk is all calculated and very low,” he underlined.
Risk is calculated and minimized because public health alone is not taken into account in these types of political decisions. We take into account all social and economic aspects.
Roxanne Borges da Silva is a professor at the University of Montreal School of Public Health
Having said that, Ms.Me Borges da Silva argued that we should be vigilant, especially in a recent study in the United States, which seems to show that vaccinated people can spread the virus just as much as non-vaccinated individuals. “This is only a study. There is still no consensus and enough data on this. Another study that says the opposite came from the UK. So, enough data on the delta variation will allow one more decision to be made. But the Canadian government is prepared to take that risk until the risk is calculated. ”
In his statement on Wednesday, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr.Re Theresa Tom noted that Govt-19 cases are on the rise across the country, as many provinces are deregulating, especially among unvaccinated people. He said the national average for the last seven days (July 28 to August 3) was 887 new cases per day, an increase of 59% over the previous week.
“In order to prevent the spread of Govt-19, especially the highly contagious delta variant, we need to adopt cautious approaches to facilitate public health measures, be vigilant and be alert to relapse symptoms, and promote a two-dose vaccine,” he said.
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