Canada surpasses US vaccination price as nation prepares to reopen its borders


According to Health Canada, nearly 70% of Canadians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, putting the country very close to the 75% threshold that public health authorities say is needed to approach herd immunity.

“We’ve seen record levels of vaccination, Canada is leading the world in terms of first doses and we’ve just passed the Americans in terms of fully vaccinated Canadians,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday during an infrastructure announcement outside of Toronto.

“We’re going to continue to move forward in a thoughtful and responsible way but the fact is people need to continue to get vaccinated with their second doses and those who’ve been hesitant need to get their first doses.”

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But the milestone wasn’t met with a national celebration, as public health officials and politicians continue to urge people to remain cautious.

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