Op-Ed: COVID-19 response highlights major differences between U.S. and Canada: U.S. profs

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Date Published: June 3, 2020

Source: CBC

There is a growing divide between Canada and USA as a result of their respective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the US has closed its borders to Canada for the first time since 1812. The Trump administration previously announced plans to militarize the border, however this move was ultimately abandoned at the urging of the Canadian government. Canada is now the one extending the closure until at least mid-summer. Unfriendly tensions continued when the Trump administration barred the US-based company, 3M, from exporting vital personal protective equipment to Canada, an action that has been criticized by international news outlets as well as 3M itself. Unlike the US, Canada has a centralized healthcare system and has previously developed procedures to test and trace infections as a result of the 2003-2004 SARS pandemic, which some experts are pointing to as one potential factor in the higher infection and death rate in the US. To express support for Americans, private business and building owners in Canadian border cities, like Niagara falls and Windsor, have decorated the windows of tall buildings with lighted hearts, a symbol of hope for American citizens to see.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/american-canadian-covid-1.5596226

Summary by: Sophia Duong