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May 15, 2021
Experts rue false sense of security in Vietnam's COVID-19 fight
Many Vietnamese people seem to have a false sense of security, which needs to be removed so new Covid-19 outbreaks don't get out of hand, experts say. They stress that people’s compliance has become the most crucial factor in the nation's fight against the pandemic.
May 13, 2021
Expert on global public health weighs in COVID-19 border measures debate
Kelley Lee, a Canada Research Chair in global health governance at Simon Fraser University, discusses the political debate over COVID-19 and travel restrictions. That debate has escalated in Canada in recent days as Ontario Premier Doug Ford has taken the federal government to task over what Ford says is a lack of adequate controls for incoming travellers. Lee says the current international and interprovincial travel restrictions in Canada are still not sufficient to prevent the spread of the virus.
CBC Radio Canada
May 11, 2021
Domestic flights: when provinces infect each other
In April, more than 3,000 planes took off each week from one Canadian city to land in another without their passengers being tested. And with the exception of the territories, the eastern provinces and Manitoba, no quarantine was required, either. A temperature measurement is mandatory at major airports, although this measure is ineffective in detecting COVID-19, according to Health Canada.
April 28, 2021
To Stop COVID, We Need ‘Gold Standard’ Border Control
So what does a gold standard look like? Well, it’s not a single measure, but a comprehensive package of interventions applied in a preventive and timely way that routinely includes airtight quarantines, rapid or PCR testing and border bubbles (free travel in COVID-free zones) as well as good contact tracing.
April 26, 2021
John Ivison: Shouting talking points is no substitute for proper COVID border policy
While non-essential travel was restricted at the Canada-U.S. land crossing, arrivals at the 117 two-way land crossings could self-quarantine or isolate because there were insufficient resources to screen, test and quarantine new arrivals. The option of reducing the number of crossings, in similar fashion to the way international arrivals were limited to four airports, was never implemented. Even when new variants began to appear, the measures adopted were ineffectual, because the government fell back on the misleading data that Blair quoted – that international travel is responsible for less than two per cent of cases.
April 25, 2021
B.C. travel restrictions don't go far enough, says SFU researcher studying pandemics and borders
With dozens of flights still landing at Vancouver's international airport every day, a researcher studying how borders are managed during pandemics says the latest measures put in place to limit non-essential travel in B.C. don't go far enough. "We definitely welcomed the announcements, but it felt a little like two steps forward and one step back," said Simon Fraser University's Julianne Piper with the Pandemics and Borders Project.