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Ambassador Bridge connecting Canada to the U.S. in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are currently residing in the United States will be able to enter Canada for nonessential travel without quarantining starting Aug. 9, Canada announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The U.S.-Canada border was closed for nonessential travel beginning in March 2020. With rising vaccination rates and falling case numbers, officials have faced criticism for not moving faster toward a full reopening of the border, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: To be eligible for entry, American citizens and permanent residents will be required to upload onto the Canadian government app or website at least 14 days prior to their trip proof that they are fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine, per the government press release.

  • Travelers will also be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken prior to their arrival.
  • While travelers will be exempt from quarantine, the government advises everyone to have a quarantine plan ready in case it is "determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements."

What to watch: Canada also expects to open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from any country starting on Sept. 7, “provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable," per the press release.

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Jul 18, 2021 - Health

Poll: Unvaccinated Americans least concerned about Delta variant

Nurse administers a COVID-19 dose in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Americans who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all are much less concerned about the Delta variant than fully vaccinated Americans are, a new CBS poll indicates.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases are once again rising across the U.S. as health officials become increasingly concerned about the Delta variant, which is significantly more infectious than the original strain and poses an acute threat to the unvaccinated.

Updated Jul 19, 2021 - World

Australia deports far-right U.K. commentator Katie Hopkins

Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins in London, England, in 2019. Photo: Luke Dray/Getty Images

Far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins was being deported from Australia Monday after boasting about breaching the country's pandemic rules.

Of note: New South Wales police said in a statement they helped the Australian Border Force transfer a 46-year-old U.K.-bound woman, later identified as Hopkins, to Sydney International Airport and issued her with an AU$1000 fine ($737) for breaching hotel quarantine rules by not wearing a face covering.

Jul 19, 2021 - Health

"A pandemic of the unvaccinated"

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

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are back on the rise in the U.S. as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads across the country.

The big picture: This is happening almost exclusively to people who aren’t vaccinated, and it’s worse in places where overall vaccination rates are low.