Global Markets: Canada to allow international travelers

WINNIPEG – The following is a glance at the news moving markets in Canada and globally.

– The Canadian government announced on Monday it was easing some of its border restrictions, allowing fully vaccinated American travelers into the country starting Aug. 9. Fully vaccinated travelers from elsewhere can enter Canada starting on Sept. 7. Travelers must receive a full course of one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada at least 14 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated American children can still enter Canada if accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, the United States government have not yet announced when Canadians can enter their country.

– Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launched himself into space from Texas Tuesday morning on the maiden flight of his space travel company Blue Origin. Bezos, along with a group of passengers, blasted off on the New Shepard rocket on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Bezos is the second billionaire to go into space after Virgin Group founder Richard Branson on July 11, but the former plans to travel at an altitude of 106 kilometres, 16 more than Branson.

– Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee said in a press conference on Tuesday he is not ruling out a last-minute cancellation. Muto added he would pay attention to rising infection numbers in the Japanese capital. There have already been 71 cases of COVID-19 in accredited personnel, including athletes and coaches. Companies including Panasonic, Fujitsu and NEC announced they will skip the opening ceremony on Friday. Athletic competition begins on Wednesday.

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