Sask. premier pushes feds to open the border for fully vaccinated travellers

Canada’s Trudeau says he discussed border with Biden, but no deal By Reuters

Non-essential travel into and out of Canada has been severely restricted since March 2020 in response to the pandemic, even though tens of thousands of people have crossed border points since then - a lot of them essential workers such as commercial truck drivers.

Federal modelling done in April and May suggested that if 75 per cent of eligible Canadians had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 20 per cent had two, provinces could safely begin easing restrictions on public movement without overwhelming hospitals again.

"There may have to be a transitional measure, for example if there's a phased adjustment for borders in July or maybe August". Canadian companies, especially those that rely on airlines and tourism, are urging the Liberal government to relax.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden talked about the border between their two countries while both were in England for an worldwide leaders' summit.

Trudeau said he had talked with Biden after the G7 summit in the United Kingdom "about coordinating border measures as the two countries proceed with mass vaccination".

Cumulatively, 4,49,87,004 people in the same age group across states and UTs have received their first dose and 8,95,517 have received their second dose since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

The reopening is expected to be a long, gradual process and the first steps would likely allow for smoother cross-border travel for people who are fully immunized.

"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 told a televised news conference when asked the Biden conversation.

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