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US Supreme Court overturns Biden administration decision to seek vaccine or negative buffer in workplace

US Supreme Court overturns Biden administration decision to seek vaccine or

The U.S. Supreme Court barred the Biden administration from enforcing its comprehensive vaccine or test requirements for large private companies, but allowed similar requirements to apply to medical institutions.

The decisions came three days after the Emergency Occupational Safety and Health Administration measure went into effect.

That mandate required that workers in businesses with 100 or more employees be vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test each week to enter the workplace and that unvaccinated workers wear masks inside the workplace.

The Biden administration argued before the Supreme Court that the rules were necessary to address the "grave danger" posed by the Covid pandemic. Liberal leaders, clearly agreeing with this government stance, highlighted the high number of deaths from the pandemic and the unprecedented wave of infection that was sweeping across the country due to the Omicron variant.

But the Court's conservative majority expressed deep skepticism about the federal government's move.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. Mr Bush said in a statement that he thought it was "difficult" to argue that the 1970 law "gives free rein to agencies to pass such a broad regulation".

Vaccine or test rules were faced with a series of lawsuits from 27 states with attorney generals or Republican governors, private businesses, religious groups and national industry groups.