Joe Biden, President of the United States

The US Supreme Court this Thursday blocked Joe Biden’s decision to force companies with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, causing a major setback in the Democratic president’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

The Supreme, on the other hand, validated the mandatory vaccination for employees of health structures that benefit from state funds.

The decision comes on the same day that Joe Biden announced the free distribution of one billion Covid-19 tests to US citizens, along with N95 masks (more protective).

“I know that we are all frustrated as we enter this new year”, as cases of infected reach new levels, indicated the US president, insisting that it remains “a pandemic of unvaccinated”.

Biden also announced that, starting next week, 1,000 military medics will mobilize across the country to help overwhelmed hospitals, in order to alleviate the shortage of health workers due to the Ómicron variant.

Speaking at a press conference at the White House, the US head of state said that six additional military medical teams will be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Many health structures check several employees in quarantine due to Covid-19, at a time when the infected in the United States increase.

Both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Joe Biden pointed to medical numbers showing that people are much less likely to suffer serious illness if they are inoculated.

“What happens after that? [da vacinação] It couldn’t be more different”, he maintained.

On Tuesday, US Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock told Congress that the Omicron variant will infect “most people” and that the focus should be to re-ensure that critical sectors continue uninterrupted.

“I think it’s hard to process what’s happening right now, which is: most people are going to get Covid-19, right? it happens,” he noted.

Joe Biden said he will double the purchase of Covid-19 rapid tests to be delivered free of charge to Americans, through a ‘website’, seeking to respond to criticism about shortages and long lines at testing centers.

The initial order was for 500 million tests, and now the White House will purchase 1 billion test kits to distribute across the country.

The initial batch of kits will be available starting next week, Biden said, when the US government launches a new website where citizens can order free tests, which will be delivered in the coming months.


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