The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday closed a flash week of travel developments in North America, announcing that the U.S. would accept fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico who had received two doses of mixed vaccines once their land borders reopened in November. .
The announcement is good news for more than 3.9 million Canadians, who the federal government says have been given a mixed dose regimen against COVID-19.
In November, the US CDC said Canadian and Mexican travelers fully vaccinated with “any combination” of two doses of a vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization will be “considered as fully vaccinated ”.
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This includes Canadians who may have been immunized with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved by the WHO although it has not been cleared for emergency use by the FDA.
“The reopening to international visitors will boost the economy and speed the return of travel-related jobs that have been lost due to travel restrictions,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the ‘US Travel Association, in a statement.
“We applaud the administration for recognizing the value of international travel to our economy and our country, and for working to reopen our borders safely and reconnect America to the world.”
The move marks a step forward for tourism between Canada and the United States, but U.S. officials have urged the federal government to relax COVID-19 testing requirements for crossing Canadian borders. Travelers who wish to enter the United States can do so with a rapid antigen test, which can see results the same day.
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Representative Brian Higgins, who represents New York’s 26th Congressional District, previously told the Canadian Press that he would like the federal government to remove its requirement for a COVID-19 PCR molecular test, which costs travelers about $ 200 in mean.
“I think the United States’ decision to allow Canadians to enter the United States without testing again underscores the potency of the vaccine,” Higgins said. “I would like this to be returned by our Canadian neighbors. “
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the requirements may “evolve” based on advice from health officials, but this evidence has shown that PCR testing is an effective way to reduce the risk. spread of COVID-19 at Canadian borders.
“The proof of vaccination, the verification that is put in place, as well as the usefulness of the negative PCR tests that we have also implemented – these measures have proven to be very effective in protecting our communities and Canadians from the introduction. COVID at our borders, ”he said in an episode of Global News’ West Block.
“We will continue to learn from these lessons and modify our advice as necessary. But in any case, we listen to the science. We listen to the advice of our public health agencies and work closely with our international partners. “
– With files from the Canadian Press
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