While Canada starts accepting fully vaccinated international travellers, some experts say the protections implemented does not eliminate the risks posed from the pandemic. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infections disease specialist and member of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine task force explained, “Certainly the optics aren’t ideal, as we are in the fourth wave and cases continue to climb across the country,”
Any international traveller wishing to come to Canada must be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14-days before arriving. Additionally, they must undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their scheduled arrival, and the results must be negative. Bogoch commented on these rules and said they are “very very good” at making sure people don’t bring the virus into Canada.
Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated non-essential international travellers on Tuesday. This allowed them to skip the 14-day quarantine requirement despite Canada being in the fourth wave of COVID-19.
The scientific director of McMaster HelthLabs and professor of pathology and molecular medicine, Dr. Marek Smieja said “Viruses do cross borders. And the question is: What’s the most prudent way of allowing a reasonable amount of travel?…No doubt there will be new variants.”
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