POLITICS. Trudeau made the announcement in a statement / EFE

Canada could reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers from all countries in early September and possibly welcome immunized Americans in mid-August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said Thursday night.

Canada closed its land border with the United States in March 2020 when the pandemic first accelerated, and has since restricted the entry of other foreign visitors to help stop the spread of the virus.

But now, as vaccination rates rise and transmission slows, those controls could be lifted in the coming weeks, Trudeau said in a call with Canadian provincial leaders Thursday.

“The Prime Minister noted that if our current positive path of vaccination rate and public health conditions continues, Canada would be in a position to receive fully vaccinated travelers from all countries in early September,” his office said in a statement on the call.

Trudeau also “indicated that we could expect to begin allowing fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents to enter Canada in mid-August for non-essential travel,” the statement said.

Vaccination

Canada, with some 37 million people, has recorded more than 1.4 million coronavirus cases and more than 26,000 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

It saw a spike in cases in April as officials struggled to increase vaccines, a setback caused in part by delays in vaccine deliveries from Europe.

Since then, however, about 80% of eligible Canadians have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and more than half are now fully vaccinated, according to the prime minister’s office.

Canada is now registering several hundred new cases each day, with a current seven-day average of just 10 covid-related deaths, according to Our World in Data, which tracks publicly available figures.

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