Biden wants workers to get mandatory covid-19 vaccines
As top drug producers in the United States are enhancing efforts to promote their anti-coronavirus vaccines and pills, the United States is asking a federal court to rescind its freeze of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for larger businesses, which is viewed as a pivotal step to boost its vaccination campaign.
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 223,944,369 people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a representation of 67.5 percent of the whole population of the country, while those that have been fully vaccinated are about 194,001,108, a 58.4 percent of the total.
According to the CDC a total of 24,795,097 people, or 12.8 percent of fully vaccinated group, have received booster shots.
The Joe Biden administration is asking a federal court to lift an order that blocked its rule mandating that larger employers require workers to get COVID-19 vaccines or submit to regular testing.
The request was filed on Monday after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a group of businesses to halt the order, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”
The ruling had put the mandate on hold until pending litigation could be heard.
The administration claimed that the companies that won the emergency stay were not claiming a major prospect of harm from the rule until December, arguing that the court should allow the mandate to proceed. People are increasingly returning to work and they risk accelerating the spread of COVID-19 without the rule, said the filing by government lawyers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week announced the rule, which will require those companies to mandate workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing. A deadline for companies to comply with the regulation was then set for Jan. 4.