Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

The other side: Germany announced this week that unvaccinated people will not be allowed in nonessential shops or cultural and recreational venues, AP reports.

France, Italy and Austria have also announced that unvaccinated people will be largely prohibited from visiting bars, restaurants and arts, sports and entertainment venues, the WSJ reports.

In France, the unvaccinated must present a negative test — which the government no longer subsidizes — taken within the previous three days to access such venues.

Other countries have taken more targeted approaches. In Greece, only people older than 60 are required to be vaccinated against COVID, per the WSJ.