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The Biden administration on Tuesday withdrew its requirement that employees of all companies in the country with 100 or more workers must be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 on a weekly basis after the Supreme Court ruled against the measure.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed in a document published in the country’s Federal Register that it has removed the rule it had drafted on the matter, which was to take effect in February.
In a statement, OSHA stressed that it “fully recommends” vaccination of all workers in the country, and that it is working to “focus on a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard” aimed at ensuring employee safety in the midst of the pandemic.
The measure comes less than two weeks after the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s mandate for the nation’s big businesses, which would have affected some 80 million workers, more than two-thirds of the nation’s workforce.
Several business groups and 27 conservative-led states sued the Biden administration to overturn the measure, and ultimately six of the nine Supreme Court justices ruled that the federal executive did not have sufficient authority to issue such an order.