Trudeau says AstraZeneca recipients will 'not be disadvantaged' when they travel

U.S.-Canada border could reopen to fully vaccinated travellers July 21: Legault

"As we have said, the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are now permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21".

Travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. "The lack of transparency surrounding these negotiations is a disservice to our constituents and the millions of residents on both sides of the border waiting to see their loved ones, visit their property, and renew business ties".

There are growing calls in the USA to open the Canada-U.S. border for nonessential travel like tourism, but Canada has refused to do so until 20 percent of its residents are fully vaccinated.

The land border has been closed to traffic since March 2020.

"At the same time, we also know we have to hit our targets of 75 per cent vaccinated with the first dose, at least 20 per cent vaccinated with the second dose before we can start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated", he said.

"Canada is getting millions more Moderna doses brought forward from our summer shipment schedule into June, and we're locking in shipments for the first half of July..."

"I can tell you there is tremendous focus on making sure we're working together to do this as quickly and safely as possible because we all want to get back to normal, which means, yes moving quickly, but it also means avoiding any further massive waves", he said.


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce - a national group that advocates for businesses - lamented what it said was Ottawa's excessive caution.

With new deliveries expected next month, Canada should have enough doses by the end of July to fully vaccinate every eligible Canadian. "We don't even have a plan at this point", said Perrin Beatty, the group's president and chief executive.

Vaccination rates are one of the key benchmarks Trudeau's government is considering before allowing more non-essential travel. "What the government is doing flies in the face of science, of economics and good public policy".

"Canada has paid fair value for the vaccine that it has received", she said.

"Travellers would have to be fully vaccinated 14 days or more prior to their arrival and they will still be required to have a negative pre-departure PCR test result, and required to be tested upon arrival".

Canadians and permanent residents will soon be able to upload a copy of their vaccine certificates to the ArriveCAN app, which will allow them to bypass mandatory hotel quarantine when they return.

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