U.S has been since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic one of the contagion epicenters from all over the world: the current advance of micron variant led to the nation in charge of Joe Biden will mark a World record of historical positives with 1.3 million confirmed in just 24 hours.
In this context, vaccination in the United States is low for a first world country with less than 60% of its population with two doses and 74.4% with a single, an element that results not only in the continuity of the high infection rates but also in more serious hospitalizations and deaths, main complications from which inoculants protect against SARS-CoV-2.
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THE POLITICAL MEASURE OF JOE BIDEN AND THE DECISION OF THE COURT
Given this, and in order to support vaccination, President Joe Biden imposed as a last resort a controversial requirement for companies: that they force all their employees to vacunass with the complete guideline or, in the event that the workers oppose it, to test every week and wear a mask constantly.
However, the US president suffered a severe setback this Thursday when the Supreme Court of Justice prevented the president from establishing this obligation, action that the superior magistrates branded as “illegal”.
The actions of the Executive, which was stopped by the Supreme Court, had as its objective increase vaccination rates through this resolution that would have affected some 80 million workers in companies with more than 100 employees.
It was the conservative majority of the Court that opposed Biden’s measure, considering that the president was overstepping his authority by imposing such a resolution.
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Upon learning of the decision of the US Court, the president shared a statement in which he indicated that he was “disappointed” by the decision of the supreme court to “block some common sense requirements, which can save lives, based directly on science and law“.
In this line, I asked businessmen “to do the right thing to protect health and the economy of Americans,” pushing the measure themselves on their employees.
Before the compulsory vaccination or, failing that, the testing of employees every week was stopped by the Supreme Court, the body in charge of monitoring the measure was the Occupational safety and health administration (OSHA, for its acronym in English).
Thus, the judges who opposed the measure shared their opinions through an unsigned statement: “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Neither does Congress.. In fact, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has refused to enact any measures similar to what OSHA has enacted here,” they stressed to deny mandatory vaccination.
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In contrast, the liberal justices who voted in favor of the Biden measure considered that, in reality, who exceeded its functions was the Supreme Court to the position their judgment above that of health professionals.
This was indicated in another statement, signed by the judges Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor: “Acting outside your competence and without legal basis, the Court shifts the trials of government officials who were assigned the responsibility to respond to health emergencies in the workplace,” they criticized, dissociating themselves from the final resolution of the Court that the conservative majority endorsed.
On the other hand, the highest court did allow the compulsory vaccination for health personnel, a measure that covers practically all US workers in this area, as well as health care providers who receive federal funds and who are dedicated to the attentionhome medical care, affecting about 76,000 health centers throughout the country. Only those who can allege medical conditions that do not allow them to be vaccinated or religious beliefs are excepted.