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Austria becomes Europe’s first country to demand vaccination for all

By Loveday Morris, Denise Hruby

19 Nov 2021 · 5 min read

BERLIN — Austria on Friday became the first country in Europe to say it will mandate the coronavirus vaccine for everyone eligible, as it reimposed a nationwide lockdown amid a surge in infections that has gripped parts of Europe.

Austria’s announcement comes as countries across Europe grapple with how to deal with rising coronavirus cases as winter sets in — and with people weary and frustrated after vaccinations had raised hope of an end to restrictions.

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