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Friday, December 3, 2021

Europe is experiencing waves of cases that threaten its progress in the fight against the pandemic.

Nearly 20 months after the pandemic began blocking, governments across Europe are starting to tighten restrictions again amid the latest wave of new coronavirus cases, threatening the region’s success in tackling the pandemic.

France is committed to offering booster shots to all adults and will not renew health passes for those who opt out. Mortality is on the rise in Germany, where the vaccination rate is 68 percent, an alarming trend in a country with a high vaccination rate. Since Monday, Austria has been under nationwide isolation and vaccinations have become compulsory.

In Eastern Europe, where extreme right-wing and populist groups are fueling skepticism about vaccinations, vaccination rates are lower than in the rest of the continent. Bulgaria, where a quarter of the population is fully vaccinated, is returning to closures or other restrictive measures.

The rapidly deteriorating situation in Europe is worrying in the United States, where the seven-day average of new cases has increased by 24 percent in the past two weeks. (The number of new deaths reported in the United States is down 6 percent.) Trends in new cases in the United States tend to follow Europe for several weeks.

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“We see the dynamics of infection in Europe mirrored here over and over again a few weeks later,” Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, told reporters. “The future is unfolding in front of us, and this should be a wake-up call for our region, because we are even more vulnerable.”

The White House insists that while the number of new infections is on the rise, the United States can avoid European-style isolation.

“We’re not moving in that direction,” White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zientes said this week. “We have the tools to accelerate our way out of this pandemic: widely available vaccines, boosters, childhood vaccinations, therapies.”

But the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said some countries have fallen into a “false sense of security.”

He issued a warning during a briefing on Wednesday: “While Europe is once again the epicenter of a pandemic, no country or region will go unnoticed.”

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