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Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands speaks as National Statements are delivered on day two of the COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday a three-week partial lockdown as a result of surging COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands.

Why it matters: The lockdown comes as Western Europe experiences a new wave of COVID-19 infections across the continent.

The big picture: The lockdown, which begins Saturday night, requires bars, restaurants and supermarkets to close at 8pm Central European Time.

  • Professional sports games are required to be played in empty stadiums and residents are encouraged to work from home.
  • Businesses that provide nonessential goods and services must close by 6pm
  • Almost 85% of adults in the Netherlands are fully vaccinated, and the country ended its lockdown at the end of September, AP notes.
  • “Tonight we are bringing a very unpleasant message with very unpleasant and far-reaching measures," Rutte said Friday, per Reuters. "The virus is everywhere and needs to be combated everywhere."

Of note: Austria announced Thursday that it would place millions of unvaccinated people in lockdown.

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A health care worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to a child at a Salvation Army vaccination clinic in Philadelphia on Nov. 12. Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pfizer could have data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy for children under five by the end of the year, CEO Albert Bourla said on Friday in an interview with NBC News.

Why it matters: Omicron has raised concerns that young children are becoming more vulnerable to the virus. Tshwane, the epicenter of South Africa's Omicron outbreak, has seen a high number of hospital admissions for children under two in the last few weeks, though scientists have not confirmed a link to the variant, Reuters reports.

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Abrams’ campaign manager rules out 2024 run if she wins governor's race

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In her first major interview since the official announcement, Stacey Abrams' campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo quashed speculation that the Georgia Democrat would interrupt a theoretical gubernatorial term to run for president in 2024.

Why it matters: Abrams' name has come up repeatedly as a top 2024 Democratic contender given President Joe Biden's age and Vice President Kamala Harris's low favorability rating.

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