Canada's vaccination rate overtakes US

Sun Online Desk

18th July, 2021 12:48:16 PM printer

Canada's vaccination rate overtakes US


Canada has overtaken the US in second dose vaccination rates, after months of lagging behind its southern neighbour.

As of July 16, 48.45% of Canadians are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, compared with 48.05% of Americans.

If Canada's vaccine progress continues, it may open its border to US travellers after a 16-month closure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week.

In the US, a levelling-off of vaccine rates comes amid a concerning increase in Covid-19 cases.

US President Joe Biden failed to meet a self-set target of 70% of adults vaccinated by the July 4 holiday weekend. About 68% of Americans aged 18 and older have received at least one shot.

The White House and local governments have turned to both creative solutions and celebrity guest stars in an effort to counter vaccine hesitancy, BBC reported.