By the afternoon of July 17, Canada had vaccinated 48.64% of the population with two doses, according to COVID Tracker Canada. By comparison, 48.4% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
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It comes less than two months after Canada eclipsed its neighbor to the south in terms of single-dose coverage.
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The immunization gap between the two countries began to slowly narrow as Canada began to increase its distribution in May. The supply of doses is now on the verge of exceeding demand, according to government officials.
Thursday, the brigadier-general. Krista Brodie, the military general overseeing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, said the country was moving to a “more nuanced” approach, with more than two million doses of the vaccine already withheld because provinces said they couldn’t use them yet.
Meanwhile, the United States also has an abundance of vaccines as its vaccination rate has slowed. Experts believe this could be because vaccine reluctance is higher south of the border than in Canada.
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Canada has already passed the United States and administered more doses of COVID-19 vaccine per capita, according to Our World in Data. On May 5, Canada reported a rate of 0.66 per 100 people, overtaking the United States – at 0.64 per 100 people – for the first time. And since then, the gap has only widened.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases have tripled in the past three weeks in the United States, and hospitalizations and deaths are increasing among those unvaccinated.
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While rates are still down sharply from their January highs, U.S. officials are concerned about the trend reversal. Cases are expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks.
The spike in numbers also comes as the Canada-U.S. Border closure expires on July 21.
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Some experts warn coronavirus infections in the United States may affect the opening of the border and say this should also be of concern to Canadians – even if they are fully vaccinated – who wish to travel south this summer.
“This makes travel to Canada difficult with some states,” Raywat Deonandan, epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, told Global News Wednesday.
“Canadians traveling to US states that grew up in the Delta variant, in particular, are advised to self-quarantine upon return, test negative, or not go in the first place. . “
– with files from Katie Dangerfield of Global News, Associated Press and Canadian Press
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