The Austrian parliament Thursday approved the introduction of mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 by 137 votes in favor and 33 against. The measure will take effect Feb. 4. Austria has thus become the first European nation to legalize such a practice.
German citizens who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or put up to harsh mobility restrictions have fled their country and sought shelter in a community within Paraguay, it was reported.
Austria's Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has been nominated to take over as leader of the conservative People's Party, which will most likely make him the country's next Chancellor (or head of government) following Thursday's abrupt decision by Alexander Schallenberg to resign.
Austria's Federal Government has announced a full lockdown regardless of vaccination status starting this coming Monday amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Austria will also become the fourth country in the world after Indonesia, Micronesia, and Turkmenistan to decree a compulsory immunization for the entire population.
The Government of Austria has finally ruled in favor of a mandatory nationwide lockdown for all those unvaccinated against COVID-19, effective Nov. 15.
The Government of Upper Austria plans to impose a full lockdown on the region's unvaccinated as of next Monday, despite doubts that this is the right approach at the growing number of COVID-19 infections, it was reported.
Austria’s coalition government has confirmed it will block the landmark EU-Mercosur trade agreement – which should create the biggest free-trade area in the world – saying it goes against the EU’s environmental ambitions set out in the European Green Deal.
World leaders have sent messages of support to Austria and Afghanistan as they did previously with France following the last bout of terrorist attacks, while Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, unequivocally condemning terrorism, said that ”freedom of expression,” is not without limits in a pluralistic diverse and respectful societies.
Mexico's president said on Monday that he had given his wife the almost impossible mission of persuading Austria to return a feather headdress said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma.
Austria presented an architectural plan on Tuesday to turn the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station in the hope of “neutralizing” the space and ensuring it does not attract neo-Nazis.