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Austria Ditches Vaccine Mandate After Omicron Alters Calculus

The Kohlmarkt shopping street in Vienna.
The Kohlmarkt shopping street in Vienna.Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Austria will scrap a law requiring coronavirus vaccinations, ending a controversial rule that was never fully implemented after social opposition and new virus variants forced the government to backtrack.

Lawmakers are set to vote on ending the mandate as soon as Thursday, before an initial suspension was set to expire in August.