Canada hints it may adopt vaccine passports

By Thomas I. Likness
EBC News Service

(Eagle News) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops short of saying Canada will require people coming into the country to produce proof of vaccination.

Trudeau did not give a definite answer when asked about vaccine certificates at a news conference Tuesday but says the government is studying the issue.

“As was the case pre-pandemic, certificates of vaccination are a part of international travel to certain regions and are naturally to be expected when it comes to this pandemic and the coronavirus,” said Trudeau. “How we actually roll that out in alignment with partners and allies around the world is something that we’re working on right now to coordinate.”

Vaccine passports have been a topic of discussion among the G7 countries. The European Union has indicated fully vaccinated Americans will be able to freely travel in this region this summer.

But Trudeau says Canada is to ready to announce any travel measures yet.

“I can assure you that our decisions will be based on science and the fact that those decisions are ongoing means that we will be aligned with our partners around the world,” he said.

(Eagle News Service)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference April 16, 2021 in Ottawa, Canada.
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