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Travelers leave the arrivals hall at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia on Feb. 22. Photo: Xinhua/Liang Sen via Getty Images

Canada extended restrictions Friday that bar nonessential U.S. travel until July 21, per Reuters.

The big picture: Travel restrictions between the two countries were first imposed in March 2020 and have been updated in 30-day increments, per Reuters.

  • Bill Blair, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, announced the decision Friday on Twitter.
A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
  • Blair also wrote on Twitter that the government is "planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, Permanent Residents, and others who are currently permitted to enter Canada and will provide further details on Monday, June 21."
  • Currently, all tourism, leisure and casual visits to Canada from the United States are prohibited, per CNN. Some exceptions exist for family members, foreign workers and international students.

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Sep 25, 2021 - Health

Montana VA medical center to treat non-veterans amid COVID surge

Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo: Lynn Donaldson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A veterans medical facility in Montana is planning to accept non-eligible patients as a COVID-19 surge overwhelms nearby hospitals in the state, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The move underscores the dire health situation in Montana due to the latest COVID-19 case surge, where some hospitals in the state have started to consider rationing care, according to the Montana Free Press.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

America has fallen behind on vaccinations

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The U.S. has fallen from the top of the world's list of most-vaccinated countries, largely due to the substantial percentage of Americans who don't want the vaccine.

What we're watching: Vaccine mandates are becoming much more common in the U.S., and children under 12 will likely become eligible for vaccines within the next few months — both of which should help boost the vaccination rate here.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

We're the architects of our own COVID destiny

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

We're almost certainly going to have to live with the coronavirus, in some form, for the foreseeable future. But what that means will be shaped in large part by what we do now.

Why it matters: More than half of the world — and a substantial portion of Americans — remains unvaccinated. Getting these rates up could mean the difference between the virus becoming a back-burner nuisance, or something that continues to define our lives for years to come.