The latest coronavirus news from Canada and the world on Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
8h00 The southbound lanes on North America’s post-pandemic recovery route will finally reopen Monday as the United States ends nearly 20 months of controversial COVID-19 exile and allows travelers to fully vaccinated to cross the Canada-U.S. land border.
From midnight, non-essential traffic will resume back and forth for the first time since March 2020, when the two countries imposed drastic but selective restrictions in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus – the first widespread closure of the border since September 11. terrorist attacks 20 years ago.
After nearly two years, however, the excitement isn’t really palpable.
“We’re on the other side, hopefully, but if the border were to close again, they really have to understand that families are essential,” said Kim Patchett, who lives with her husband Barry in Saugeen Shores, Ont. . , west of Owen Sound on the shores of Lake Huron.
Read more from The Canadian Press.
7h45. Ann Harkness is eager to begin her annual migration.
For 13 years, the retired teacher and her husband Steve made fun of the winter frost by putting the car away each fall and driving south to Winter Haven, Fla. From Kingston, Ont., For spend the cold months of Canada until spring. the thaw tempted them again at home.
Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to this routine. For the first time in over a decade, the Harknesses have stayed home for the winter.
But this year, with winter fast approaching and the U.S. border finally opening up to non-essential travelers on Monday, Harkness and about a million snowbirds as she hear the call of the gentle once again.
“We are very happy to be able to go there this year. Absolutely, ”she said. “Everyone is fully vaccinated, we are ready to go. As soon as this border opens.
Read the full story of Steve McKinley from The Star.
7h25 President Joe Biden is pushing forward a massive plan to force millions of private sector workers to get vaccinated by early next year. But first, he needs to make sure his own federal government workers get vaccinated.
About 4 million federal workers are to be vaccinated by November 22 under the presidential decree. Some employees, like those in the White House, are almost all vaccinated. But rates are lower in other federal agencies, especially those related to law enforcement and intelligence, according to agencies and union leaders. And some resistant workers are digging in, suing and protesting what they say is unfair excess on the part of the White House.
The upcoming deadline is Biden’s first test of pressure to get people to get vaccinated. Beyond the federal worker rule, another mandate will take effect in January targeting about 84 million private sector workers, according to guidelines released last week.
If the warrants are successful, they could make the most serious dent in new coronavirus cases since the vaccine first became available, especially with news last week that children aged 5 to 11 can be vaccinated, making an additional 64 million people eligible. But with two weeks before the federal workers deadline, some union leaders representing employees say it is increasingly difficult to convince the unvaccinated to change their mind.
Read more from The Associated Press.
7h00 As COVID-19 ravaged Hungary in April, Budapest resident Akos Sipos received his second dose of the vaccine, believing he was doing the right thing for his own health and to help end the pandemic .
But Sipos, 46, quickly discovered that the vaccine he had received, the Russian Sputnik V, was preventing him from traveling to a number of other countries where it had not been approved. Countries include the United States, which is moving forward with a new air travel policy that will make Sipos and many like him ineligible.
“I thought it was better to get Sputnik today than a Western vaccine at an uncertain future time,” Sipos, who works as a search engine optimization specialist, said of his initial decision. to receive the vaccine. “But I couldn’t have known at this time that I couldn’t travel with Sputnik.
Starting Monday, the United States plans to reopen to foreign travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But there’s a catch: Non-immigrant adults must have received vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration or that have been given an emergency use list from the World Health Organization.
This leaves many hopeful travelers across the globe who have taken full courses of vaccines widely used in other parts of the world – Sputnik V and the CanSino jab produced in China, in particular – scramble to get re-inoculated. with vaccines approved by US authorities.