The percentage of Canadians who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has surpassed the United States for the first time.
As of the afternoon of July 17, Canada had vaccinated 48.64 percent of the population with two doses, according to COVID Tracker Canada. By comparison, 48.4 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported.
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This comes less than two months after Canada overshadowed its southern neighbor in terms of single dose.
The vaccination gap between the two countries slowly began to narrow as Canada began strengthening its distribution in May. According to government officials, the supply of doses is now on track to exceed demand.
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On Thursday, Brigadier General Krista Brodie, military general overseeing Canada’s distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, said the country was moving toward a “more nuanced” approach, with more than two million doses of vaccine already withheld because provinces have said they can not use them yet.
Meanwhile, the United States also has an abundance of vaccines as its vaccination rate has slowed. Experts believe it may be because vaccine hesitation is higher south of the border than in Canada.
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Canada has already surpassed the United States and administered several COVID-19 vaccine doses per Inhabitant, according to Our World in Data. On May 5, Canada reported a rate of 0.66 per capita. 100 people who exceeded the United States – at 0.64 per. 100 people – for the first time. And the gap has only continued to widen since then.
Meanwhile, cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks in the United States, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people.
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While rates are still sharply down from their highs in January, U.S. officials are concerned about the reversal trends. Cases are expected to continue to rise in the coming weeks.
The peak in numbers also comes as the border closure between Canada and the US is expected to expire on July 21st.
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Some experts warn that the US coronavirus infections could affect the border opening, saying that it should also be a concern for Canadians – even if they are fully vaccinated – who want to travel south this summer.
“It makes Canadian travel difficult with some states,” Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, told Global News on Wednesday.
“It is recommended that Canadians go to U.S. states that have grown in the Delta variant, especially to self-quarantine when they return, seek a negative test, or do not go in the first place.”
– with files from Global News’ Katie Dangerfield, Associated Press and Canadian Press
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