(Washington) The head of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the United States has asked Americans to “reconsider traveling to Canada,” mainly in favor of those who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 are.
Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 6:22 am Updated at 5:21 pm
Dr. Rochelle Walensky says that State Department travel advice is generally based on regular assessments of a destination’s testing capacity as well as the rate of growth of new cases.
Dr. However, Walensky said that those who are fully vaccinated and willing to wear masks can travel as long as they consider the risks in the host country.
Monday’s new level 3 travel warning marked the premature end of a three-week period during which the State Department’s warning to US travelers to Canada was level 2, meaning “exercise particular caution”.
This Level 2 upgrade coincided with Canada’s decision in early August to allow fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents to return home.
Only about 61% of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated compared to nearly 75% of Canadians over 12 years of age.
The United States, meanwhile, maintains its existing restrictions on non-essential travel by Canadians until at least 21.
“We receive travel health warnings and usually review and monitor them on a daily basis; they look at the test capacity and the number of cases and we update our travel advice in real time by country, ”said Dr. Walensky at a meeting of the COVID-19 task force on Tuesday.
“People who are fully vaccinated and wearing masks can travel, although given the current state of disease transmission, we say people need to be aware of these risks. ”
Unvaccinated people should avoid traveling altogether, she added.
The last seven-day average of hospital admissions for people with COVID-19 rose 5.7% from the previous week, according to the CDC, with the vast majority of new cases being among the unvaccinated.
“Nationally, the new admissions of patients with COVID-19 with confirmed tests for all age groups under 50 are currently at their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic,” said the “agency”.
The White House said that about six million Americans were vaccinated last week, the highest weekly total since early July, with about 14 million people receiving a first dose in August. The average number of daily doses is 80% higher than last month.
When asked about Tuesday’s travel advice, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his message that the best defense against the virus is vaccination, and that’s why Canada has reopened its border to Americans who have received an approved vaccine.
“We will continue to make our decisions about how Canadians can be protected, and other countries will make the recommendations they need to protect their citizens,” Trudeau said as he ran for Liberal Party leader.
“I know the way to overcome this is to continue to rely heavily on vaccinations,” he added.
With information from Allison Jones in Toronto