COVID-19: Mandatory coronavirus vaccines in Germany ‘unavoidable’, says country’s tourism commissioner | World News

Germany’s tourism commissioner says he expects COVID-19 vaccines will become mandatory in the country, as cases surge there and elsewhere in Europe.

Thomas Bareiss said the increasingly worsening situation in his nation makes it clear that sooner or later coronavirus inoculations will be compulsory and will be “unavoidable”.

He said it was wrong not to make COVID jabs mandatory from the start – but the decision not to at the time was “understandable”.

Neighbour Austria has said that vaccines will be mandatory from 1 February.

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Restrictions are being introduced across the continent as infections soar and winter sets in.

Austria and the Netherlands have gone back into forms of lockdown, sparking unrest in the past few days.

Germany’s states are introducing restrictions as well, with some regions cancelling their Christmas markets or banning the sale of alcohol.

The nationwide seven-day rate of infections currently stands at 362.2 per…

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