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WASHINGTON – A judge from Texas blocked this Friday at the national level the order of the president Joe Biden which requires all federal government employees to be vaccinated against covid.
The magistrate Jeffrey Brown, appointed in his day by former President Donald Trump, explained in a court brief that this case is not about whether people should be immunized against COVID-19, given that “the court believes it should”, nor about the prerogatives of the federal Executive to require its workers to be vaccinated.
Instead, it is about whether the president can, at a stroke of the pen and without input from Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment. Brown wrote.
Last September, Biden ordered the mandatory vaccination against covid-19 of all federal government workers, which affected some 2.1 million employees who until then had the option not to be vaccinated if they underwent covid tests on a regular basis.
In the judge’s opinion, the president’s order, “according to the current state of the law, as recently expressed by the Supreme Court, goes too far.”
Brown was referring to last week’s decision by the country’s highest court, which terminated Biden’s mandate that required workers of all companies with one hundred or more employees to be vaccinated or to present negative covid-19 test results weekly.
However, the Supreme Court gave its approval to another order from the president so that Staff at more than 50,000 US healthcare facilities are vaccinated. that receive federal subsidies from the Medicare or Medicaid programs, and in which some 17 million people work.
Asked about the Texas judge’s ruling, the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, He pointed out in his daily press conference that a “remarkable” 98% of federal workers are already immunized.
“We trust our legal authority here,” Psaki said.
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