President Joe Biden speaks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the White House compound in Washington.  (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, file)

WASHINGTON.- The United States Supreme Court a severe setback to the White House strategy to combat the pandemic by blocking the implementation of a mandate from the government of Joe Biden that forced workers of large companies to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a measure that aimed to break the resistance of around a third of the country that still refuses to join the immunization campaign.

With the backing of the six conservative judges, the country’s highest court declared Biden’s federal mandate null and void. The three judges on the court’s so-called “progressive” wing voted in favor of the legality of the official order.

President Joe Biden speaks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the White House compound in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, file)

The White House estimated that the mandate for large companies reached about 80 million people.

The United States has one of the largest stockpiles of vaccines in the world against coronavirus, to the point that the Biden government has donated millions of doses to other countries. But despite having such a huge offer, only about six out of ten Americans – 63% of the country – are fully vaccinated, according to official data, one of the lowest levels among developed countries. If only the adult population is considered, the percentage of vaccinated barely rises to 73.4%, still below other rich nations. More than a third of the country rejects the vaccine, either due to ideology or distrust, a hard core that the White House has tried to break since Biden came to power and accelerated the campaign that had begun during the presidency of Donald Trump.

The mandate that forced companies with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be vaccinated to go to work or undergo weekly tests and use a chinstrap otherwise. It was one of the most drastic decisions that Biden made to reinforce the vaccination campaign, and it generated a very strong rejection in the right of the country. The Court allowed another mandate to stand for health workers and facilities that receive federal funds.

Business groups and 27 states governed by Republicans had filed lawsuits in the country’s federal courts to stop Biden’s mandate, a measure that the White House postponed for months knowing the strong division it generates in the country: while the left supports it In the interests of public health, the right rejects it outright, considering it a direct affront to the freedom of each person to freely decide whether or not they want to be vaccinated. A cultural battle according to the age of the crack.

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