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the Supreme Court blocks the vaccination obligation, a new setback for Biden


After considering the question last week, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked, yesterday Thursday January 13, Joe Biden’s decision to impose the anti-Covid vaccine in companies with more than 100 employees, or 84 million. of people. A considerable setback for the Democratic President already weakened politically.

The decision was taken with a majority of six magistrates out of nine, all conservatives, according to AFP. For the administration, the obligation for employees to be vaccinated against Covid or to undergo tests every week constituted “an intrusion into the life and health of a large number of employees”. In a separate text, the three progressive judges of the Court expressed their opposition.

Nevertheless, the high jurisdiction validated, with 5 votes against 4, the obligation of vaccination for the employees of the structures of health which profit from federal funds. According to the judges: “Ensuring that healthcare centers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is a fundamental principle of the medical profession (…)”. Some 20 million people in 76,000 healthcare centers are affected.

Biden’s disappointment

If this decision delighted a large number of Republicans such as Donald Trump and ex-Vice President Mike Pence, seeing it as a ” freedom won “Joe Biden expressed his disappointment. “ I’m disappointed the Supreme Court chose to block a common-sense, potentially life-saving motion “, Said Joe Biden, who has made the fight against the pandemic one of the priorities of his mandate.

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Some specialists were even more pessimistic. “This decision will lead to more suffering, deaths and overwhelmed hospitals”, tweeted Ashish Jha, a public health researcher at Brown University. Still others consider that the Sages are also victims of the ” disinformation “.

“We call on the Biden administration to…work with employers, employees and health experts on concrete ways to increase vaccination rates and slow infections.”, also declared David French, of the National Federation of Traders according to AFP.

Infringement of individual freedoms

Last September, the President had indeed announced that he wanted to impose a vaccination pass in companies with more than 100 workers. But this measure quickly drew the wrath of elected Republicans, who see it as an attack on individual freedoms and an abuse of power on the part of the federal state. After the publication of the implementing decrees in November, which sets the date for the introduction of this measure at the beginning of January, several republican states and employers’ organizations have taken legal action. Contradictory federal decisions have therefore postponed the application of the said measure.

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According to New York Times some American companies such as United Airlines and Tyson Foods had already implemented compulsory vaccination for their employees. Others preferred to wait for the outcome of the legal battle, fearing that such a measure would encourage their employees to resign. As for Walmart, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase, three of the largest companies in the United States, they have not yet issued general requirements for their workers.

Since the start of the pandemic, the coronavirus has killed more than 845,000 people in the United States. With a relatively low vaccination rate – since only 62% of Americans are vaccinated – the arrival of the Omicron variant has changed the course of things. On Monday, the US government recorded a record 1.35 million new cases of Covid-19 in the US.

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