(Washington) The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Joe Biden’s decision to impose a COVID-19 vaccine on companies with more than 100 employees, inflicting a major setback on the Democratic president and undermining his efforts to stop the pandemic.
Posted at 2:57 pm.
Updated at 4:41 PM.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court has established the vaccination obligation for employees of health structures who benefit from federal funds.
In the United States, where the virus has killed more than 845,000 people, only 62% of the population is fully vaccinated due to perceived political divisions over the issue.
After months of trying to persuade the hesitant, Joe Biden announced in September that he wanted to make vaccination mandatory for employees of large corporations, the medical sector and federal civil servants.
In the land of individual liberties, this measure was immediately denounced as an abuse of power by elected republicans and part of the economic world.
The Supreme Court agreed with them on Thursday at least in relation to the approximately 84 million people who work for companies with more than 100 employees.
The administration has ordered them to “get a COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly at their own expense. It is not a daily exercise of federal authority, but it does interfere with the lives and health of a large number of employees,” she wrote in her ruling.
The decision was made by a majority of six of the nine justices, all of whom are conservatives. In a separate text, the three progressive court judges accused them of acting “outside their jurisdiction and without legal basis.”
Biden is ‘frustrated’ and Republicans are elated
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block the common sense request, which would potentially save lives,” said Joe Biden, who has made fighting the pandemic a priority of his state.
The experts were more pessimistic.
This decision will lead to more suffering, deaths and overcrowding of hospitals.
Ashish Jha, a public health researcher at Brown University, via Twitter
On the other hand, Republicans were rejoicing.
“Freedom has triumphed! Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, illustrating a widely shared view on the right that it is up to individuals to choose their own protections, whether over wearing a mask or over the vaccine.”
“We are proud to resist the Supreme Court,” added former President Donald Trump, who appointed three justices to the Temple of American Law.
Some business associations also hailed the “Great Victory,” while reaching out to the democratic government.
We call on the Biden administration to […] Work with employers, employees and health experts on concrete ways to increase vaccination rates and slow infection.
David French, National Federation of Traders
A small consolation for the president: The Supreme Court, with the votes of three progressive justices and two conservatives, has passed a duty to vaccinate in care centers, which concern about 10 million people.
“Ensuring that health care centers take measures to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is a fundamental principle of the medical profession: First, do no harm,” they justified in their judgment.
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