India, Sept. 18 -- In parts of Europe, enjoying a pre-pandemic social life, or at least a close version of it is no longer a far-off dream.

Fully vaccinated people in the Netherlands can go dancing in crammed clubs and can attend parties without having to keep social distance from 25 September. Instead, the government will begin mandating vaccine passes, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a press conference Tuesday.

Denmark abandoned all Covid- restrictions last week, becoming the first EU country to go return entirely to pre-pandemic daily life. No masks or even proof of vaccination are necessary to go to concerts or gyms.

In late August, Danish health minister Magnus Heunicke said the government no longer saw Covid-19 as a "socially c...