The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kicked off a whirlwind week of development for North American travel on Friday, announcing that the US would accept fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico, who left their land in November. After the reopening of the borders, two doses of mixed vaccines were received. .
good news for the announcement over 3.9 million Canadians, Which the federal government says received a mixed-dose regimen against COVID-19.
As of November, the US CDC said that Canadian and Mexican travelers who have been fully vaccinated with “any combination” of two doses of the vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization will be “considered fully vaccinated.” “
This includes Canadians who may have been immunized with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved by WHO Despite not being authorized by the FDA for emergency use.
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association, said: “Reopening to international visitors will hit the economy and accelerate the return of travel-related jobs that were lost due to travel restrictions.” in a statement.
“We applaud the administration for recognizing the value of international travel for our economy and our country, and for working to safely reopen our borders and reconnect America to the world.”
The move is a step forward for tourism between Canada and the US, but US officials have urged the federal government to reduce COVID-19 testing requirements for those crossing Canada’s borders. Travelers looking to enter the US can do so with a rapid antigen test, which can see results on the same day.
Rep. Brian Higgins, who represents New York’s 26th congressional district, previously told the Canadian press that he wants the federal government to do away with its molecular PCR COVID-19 testing requirement, which costs travelers an average of $200. .
“I think America’s decision to allow Canadians to come into the United States without testing again underscores the power of the vaccine,” Higgins said. “I want to see it avenged by our Canadian neighbors.”
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said it is possible to “evolve” the requirements based on advice from health officials, but that evidence has shown PCR tests to be an effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Canada’s borders.
“The proof of vaccination, the validation that is being done, as well as the usefulness of the negative PCR tests that we have put in place – those measures have proven to be quite effective in protecting our communities and Canadians from the introduction of COVID across our borders.” He said in an episode of Granthshala News. west block.
“We will continue to learn from those lessons and revise our advice as appropriate. But in every case we listen to the science. We listen to the advice of our public health agencies and we work closely with our international partners.”
— With files from the Canadian Press