March 22, 2021

U.S.-Canadian Border To Remain Closed, But Canada Will Get Vaccines From U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Twitter last week that the United States’ border with Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least one more month, until April 21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with CNBC, however, an unnamed senior Biden Administration official said the White House is hopeful the border can open up again this spring. The official said, “There is going to be a sea change in mid-May when vaccines are more widely available to everyone.”

While the border remains closed, the two countries are increasing their cooperation when it comes to vaccine deployment. Specifically, the United States and Canada are finalizing a deal that could see 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine sent to Canada from the United States as early as the end of March. Manufacturers in the United States are making the vaccine, but it has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for domestic use.

The United States also will send vaccine doses to Mexico. Click here to read more.