UB doctor confident vaccinations could help reopen U.S.-Canada border [Spectrum News]

Published June 9, 2021

Spectrum News quoted Peter Winkelstein, executive director of healthcare informatics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, for a story on the possibility of agreement by the U.S. and Canadian governments to reopen borders between the two countries, which have been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian officials say a policy change might be considered when the country reaches a vaccination rate of 75% of its total eligible population. “We have to continue to work very hard on the vaccinations and I think the Canadians feel very much the same way,” said Winkelstein. “This is a policy approach that they have to decide how cautious they want to be, and they're certainly being cautious. In my opinion, people who are vaccinated, who are fully vaccinated, are at low risk of either getting serious disease or of spreading the virus.”