President Biden is asking a federal appeals court to lift the temporary stay on his vaccine mandate. In the court filing, Biden argues that the stay could lead to “enormous” harm to public health.
Although 82% of U.S. adults have gotten at least one vaccine dose, requiring shots against COVID-19 has become a divisive political issue over trade-offs between civil liberty and public health.
The rule was challenged by Republican-led states, businesses and trade groups and the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans quickly blocked it, calling it “staggeringly overbroad” and a “one-size-fits-all sledgehammer.”
After the stay was imposed by the 5th Circuit, lawsuits from around the country were transferred to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
That has given the Biden Administration an opportunity to ask for the ruling by the 5th Circuit to be reviewed.
Will the courts fold to Biden’s whims?