Biden admin. confident vaccine mandate will be upheld

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Vivek Murphy speaks onstage during OZY Fest 2018 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Media)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – JULY 21: Vivek Murphy speaks onstage during OZY Fest 2018 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Media)

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The Biden administration appears confident its vaccine mandate will be upheld in the courts despite the major win for medical and personal freedom stemming from a federal appeals court’s ruling that temporarily halted the requirement. In an interview Sunday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement, saying Biden has faith in both the legality and effectiveness of such mandates.

“The president of the administration wouldn’t of put requirements in place if they didn’t think that they were appropriate and necessary, and the administration is certainly prepared to defend them,” said Murthy.

He asserted the vaccine requirement will survive the legal challenges ahead, claiming it serves as a necessity to protect the population and keep people safe.

“When you think about the workplace in particular, it’s so important that our workplaces are safe, that workers feel safe there, the customers also feel safe. And we know that at this point in the pandemic, when we’ve come so far but we still have 75,000 cases a day, that it’s important we take every measure possible to make our workplaces safe,” Murthy stated. “It’s good for people’s health, it’s good for the economy, that’s why these requirements make so much sense.”

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is also certain the court will uphold the mandate.

“These vaccine requirements have been litigated up and down the courts all over the country. State requirements, for example, one in Maine. And every single court before this one, ruled that they were valid. The Supreme Court has turned back several times already, various efforts to enjoin other vaccine requirements. I’m quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld,” said Klain. “It’s common sense.”

This comes after a three-judge panel court temporarily halted Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees on Saturday. Republicans have praised the appeals court’s decision, saying Biden’s overreach must face the checks and balances afforded by the Constitution.

Louisiana’s attorney general called the ruling a major victory for Americans, adding he believes the heart of the issue is that never before has the federal government tried in such a forceful way to get between the choices of an American citizen and their doctor.

In the meantime, the White House is confident the case will be litigated before Jan. 4, which is the deadline for vaccination under Biden’s rule.

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