The world's longest undefended border has been closed to most travel since March 2020, when it was shut in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Moderna has now committed to delivering 11 million doses in July, five million of which should actually arrive in late June and combined with an expected nine millions Pfizer doses it would be enough to give Canada 68 million doses by the end of July.
Trudeau said he's concerned travellers, even fully vaccinated ones, may pick up the COVID-19 virus and pass it along to others who have not yet been vaccinated - or who choose not to get vaccinated for a variety of reasons.
Bill Huizenga, a co-chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, said "Thanksgiving". "The lack of transparency surrounding these negotiations is a disservice to our constituents and the millions of residents on both sides of the border waiting to see their loved ones, visit their property, and renew business ties".
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair announced Friday morning that restrictions will be extended until July 21.
She stressed however Canada is getting a fair deal for the lifesaving vaccines.
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That includes the People's Republic of China , according to the White House's fact sheet on the order. Trump's actions also led to lawsuits, and the federal courts' pausing enforcement of his directives.
Legault said fully vaccinated Canadians will also be able to travel internationally. He noted how France now allows Canadians and Americans to visit, which makes it easier to travel overseas than within this country and to our closest neighbour. "What the government is doing flies in the face of science, of economics and good public policy".
"It's clear that either you get a double dose of AstraZenca, or double dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or a mix of double doses, (and) you will have access to global flights", Legault said at an event in Laval, Que.
Blair says the government is "planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians", and further details will be provided on Monday.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu last week said the government was preparing to lift quarantine protocols for citizens who had received their second dose of a vaccine.
"Having to demonstrate that you have been vaccinated has been a standard piece of global travel since worldwide aviation began", said Mike McNaney, president of the National Airlines Council of Canada, in an interview. "That's something we will have in place in the coming weeks".
"Our two countries have missed an opportunity to make amendments to the border agreement which would recognize the increasing number of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19", he said.