No border deal: Trudeau and Biden meet, but make no progress on removing US-Canada travel restrictions
“We will continue to work closely together on moving forward in the right way but each of us always will put at the forefront the interests and the safety of our own citizens,” Trudeau said at a Sunday press conference in Britain after a G7 summit, adding that more Canadians must be vaccinated before restrictions against non-essential travel are lifted.
Travel restrictions between the US and Canada, implemented at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, have become increasingly controversial as businesses continue to open and health restrictions are eased, with businesses complaining the ban is essentially halting the tourism industry.Also on rt.com Canadian health officials apologize after children receive unapproved Covid-19 vaccine by MISTAKE
Biden and Trudeau met about easing border restrictions on Saturday, but no deal was reached, with Canada lagging behind the US in its vaccination rate and wanting to hit 75% of citizens with at least one shot before removing travel restrictions. As of now, 61% of Canadians have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the government’s vaccination records.
Trudeau showed signs of wanting to ease travel restrictions earlier this month when the government announced that citizens returning home who are fully vaccinated could skip the 14-day quarantine requirement from July.
However, Trudeau warned in his press conference that Canada is one of “many countries” that “say now is not the time to travel.”
The travel restrictions between the US and Canada have been renewed on a monthly basis since being put in place in March 2020 and the current round of restrictions is set to expire on June 21, though that date will likely be extended.Also on rt.com Two-tier societies are emerging, with dwindling rights for the unvaccinated. Why do governments consider them such a threat?
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