The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily halted Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Saturday that “there are grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the vaccine mandate by President Joe Biden’s administration that is intended to push workers at businesses with more than 100 staff into getting COVID-19 shots, or be tested weekly. Numerous Republican-led states filed legal challenges against the new rule, which is set to take effect on January 4. The rule is set to apply to 84.2 million workers at 1.9 million private-sector employers. Administration’s mandate was temporarily halted. “Biden’s new vaccine mandate on private businesses is a breathtaking abuse of power,” Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general tweeted Friday. “It’s not the end of the battle but I’m excited because it gives people hope that they aren’t going to lose their jobs and the president isn’t going to be able to ruin people’s careers and make their lives more difficult,” he added.

“The president will not impose medical procedures on the American people without the checks and balances afforded by the constitution,” said a statement from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. Opposing, the U.S. Labor Department’s top legal adviser, Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda, said the department is “confident in its legal authority to issue the emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing.” „The Justice Department will vigorously defend this rule in court, a spokesman for the Justice Department, Anthony Coley, said in a statement. ”The US is the country to have been the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic globally, having recorded nearly 46.5 million coronavirus infections and more than 754,000 deaths.

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