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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Although on Tuesday, Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated non-essential foreign travelers from across the globe, allowing them to skip the 14-day quarantine requirement, medical experts feel that the risk of infection cannot be eliminated.
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"Certainly the optics aren't ideal, as we are in a fourth wave and cases continue to climb across the country," said Dr Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist and member of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine task force, CBC News reports said.
Being in the midst of the fourth wave of COVID-19 fueled by the delta variant, most of the country's cases and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated.
The measures taken by the Canadian Government included travellers being fully vaccinated with a Canadian-approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the arrival in Canada along with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight.
Dr Bogoch considered these measures to be very good at ensuring people coming don't have COVID-19, and added,
"It's not foolproof, it's not a hermetically sealed border, we'll still have cases of COVID introduced. It's just going to be fewer than if we had no protection whatsoever," he was quoted as saying by CBC News reports.
Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases expert at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, expressed concern over the federal government's open border policy for foreign travelers during high transmission of delta variants across the country.