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A duty free store in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, Canada, at the border with the U.S. Photog: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday the gradual easing of pandemic restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border.

Driving the news: Trudeau told a news conference this would begin Monday with the lifting of a 14-day quarantine requirement for Canadian residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The measure has been in place since March last year.

  • These residents will also no longer be required to stay in a government-approved hotel for their first three days back in Canada.

Yes, but: The easing of the rules does not apply to fully vaccinated U.S. residents as Trudeau wants to keep the border shut until at least 75% of Canadians are fully vaccinated.

What he's saying: "We're very hopeful that we're going to see new steps on reopening announced in the coming weeks," Trudeau said at the news conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

  • "We're going to make sure that we're not seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases because nobody wants to go back to further restrictions, after having done so much and sacrificed so much to get to this point."

By the numbers: Nearly 67% of Canada's population has had at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, official figures show.

  • Just over 27% have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

What to watch: Canada's restrictions barring nonessential travel with the U.S. will remain in place until at least July 21.

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Oct 11, 2021 - World

COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like?

Lining up for a nightclub in Copenhagen. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

After 18 months of wondering when this will all be over, it's increasingly clear that there will never be a moment of victory for vaccines against variants or humanity against the virus.

The big picture: Case counts remain stubbornly high even where just about everyone who wants a shot has had one. Countries like Australia and New Zealand that had sought to keep out COVID-19 altogether are now learning to live with the virus.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Oct 13, 2021 - Health

WHO names new advisory group on COVID origins

The P4 lab of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday named 26 scientists to a new advisory board that will study the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: Without a shift in attitude from Beijing, the new panel isn't likely to succeed in determining how this pandemic began. But it should be in a position to create a clearer picture of how to identify where new diseases like COVID-19 come from.

Oct 13, 2021 - Sports

NHL announces all but four players have been vaccinated against COVID-19

A vaccinated section of fans at a New York Islanders game. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The NHL announced in a press release on Wednesday that all but four players are vaccinated.

The big picture: With only four out of more than 700 players unvaccinated this season, the NHL has a 99% vaccination rate, according to NPR.