White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki on Thursday was hit again with a serious question as to why land travel is still prohibited to the US by Canadian citizens. She dodged the question.
The reporter starts in, "Starting in the beginning of November, people from 33 countries, for instance, Iran, where 15% of the population is fully vaccinated or Brazil 39%, India 15%."
"And then we look at Canada: 71% of people are fully vaccinated, and still the border will remain closed. So obviously hasn't it's not a...:
"People can fly from Canada, right?" interjects Psaki
"But they can't drive through the border. I mean, it's not easy to drive from Iran or from Europe, but, much easier from airplanes"
"People are fully vaccinated, so it's not a health decision. Because if it was, we would, I mean, Canada is is it within the first 15 countries most fully vaccinated in the world? So it's not a health decision."
Psaki's response was:
"Land [border] restrictions, which as you know, have been renewed through... about Oct. 21. But we're continuing to evaluate and make policy decisions."
"I would say that it is a health decision by requiring vaccinations and we wanted to do it in a way that was equitable. So people who are vaccinated, no matter which country they're coming from, obviously, they need visas and the proper documentation etc. They would be able to come to the United States through that."
"[On] land restrictions, I don't have an update for you on where that stands beyond; It's been extended; we're continuing to consider additional steps."
Canadian authorities, since Aug. 2021, have been allowing fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents into Canada as tourists, despite the fact that the move is not reciprocated on the US's part.