The president of the United States, Joe Biden, suffered this Thursday a hard backhand in their fight to corner the anti-vaccines. The Supreme Court of Justice annulled the decree that required employees of companies with at least 100 workers to be vaccinated or to present negative test results for Covid-19 every week.
The presidential order was to take effect from next February.
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What Joe Biden said after the rejection of Justice
After hearing the ruling of the highest US court of justice, Biden said he was “disappointed”.
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to block common sense requirements, which can save lives” and that were directed at “employees of large companies, based directly on science and law,” he said in a statement.
Biden also asked businessmen to “do the right thing to protect the health and economy of Americans.”
Why the Supreme Court of Justice blocked the presidential order
The Supreme Court of Justice, in its ruling, considered that the federal government does not have sufficient authority to issue an order of these characteristics, as pointed out by the business groups and the plaintiff states.
“(The mandate) is a significant invasion on the lives and health of a large number of employees”, indicated the magistrates.
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The resolution had the support of the six justices of the conservative majority on the Court, while the three progressives issued an opinion contrary to the decision.
At a court hearing last Friday, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Scott Keller of the National Federation of Independent Business, warned that Biden’s order would cause “massive economic change” in the United States. In addition, he warned that “many workers are going to resign” from their positions so that they are not forced to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The American justice authorized to vaccinate health personnel
However, the court gave the green light to another Biden mandate for employees of more than 50,000 health facilities in the country that receive federal subsidies from the Medicare or Medicaid programs to be vaccinated. Some 17 million people work in these dependencies.
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In this case, two of the conservative justices – John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh – sided with progressives in their endorsement of Biden’s measure, while the other four conservatives opposed it.
The United States is the country most affected by the pandemic with more than 63 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 800,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.