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Another Defeat for Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Even as America Passes Another Vaccination Milestone

On Wednesday, vaccines received good news And vaccine mandates.

Tuesday night’s Senate vote overturned President Joe Biden’s order that more than 100 employees must be vaccinated or undergo routine COVID-19 tests. The 52–48 vote—Sens. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D–Mont.) were the only Democrats to support the effort—is the latest blow to Biden’s vaccine mandate, which was announced in September and was supposed to take effect next month.

After Wednesday’s vote at the Senate, it appears that the mandate is in danger of being repealed by all three branches within the federal government. U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit placed the vaccine mandate in limbo last month as it conducted a deeper legal analysis of the policy. The mandate for private employers, which was unanimously criticized by three of its judges in issuing the stay, was called “fatally flawed and staggeringly broad” by that panel.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), which is supposed be tasked to enforce the mandate, announced that it won’t act until legality has been established. OSHA is an agency federal with less than 2,000 employees and is therefore unable to enforce the mandate in a practical manner. OSHA had previously admitted that it could not rely solely on workers to complete the task before suspending efforts.

Since the legislation to repeal the mandate faces resistance in the House and, eventually, Biden’s Veto pen, it is unlikely that the legislative effort will succeed. The effort serves as a signal to Biden that he is not trying to make private companies do the bidding state.

Sen. Mike Braun (R–Ind.Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), introduced the resolution pursuant to the terms of the Congressional Review Act. He stated that Congress must “stand up against federal overreach which will wreak havoc upon our recovering economy, and trample the rights of millions more Americans.”

Despite the fact that Biden’s mandate may be in decline, vaccines remain the best way to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and stop the pandemic. Tuesday brought some good news, too. Pfizer/BioNTech preliminary data indicated that their vaccine was effective against the latest omicron variant.

Here’s ReasonRon Bailey explains what this means.

After inoculating people with BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine boosters, the researchers tested the variant against human antibodies. The researchers report that Omicron’s new variant has a higher level of antibody than the two previous doses. The high levels of these antibodies are associated with high effectiveness both against the wild-type and variant viruses.”…

These laboratory findings are preliminary and need to be verified by epidemiological data pertaining to disease severity, breakthrough infections, etc. These results confirm that those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, or who have recovered from an earlier COVID-19-related infection, should get another booster shot. Those who aren’t fully vaccinated need not delay.

Combined with the early indications that omicron might be less deadly—though more transmissible—than earlier versions of COVID-19, the Pfizer news seemingly confirms that vaccines remain the best way to combat the pandemic. American officials must resist the temptation to join some European countries in panic over omicron. We should immediately lift any heavy-handed measures taken in the wake of omicron.

This is the most important news we have seen in the past 24hrs: The New York Times Reports claim that over 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. No federal mandate necessary.


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The bride may be clicked. The New York TimesThis article explores whether celebrations for love could soon be transcendental to meatspace

Imagine guest lists in the hundreds. Gift registries that feature NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. You might even consider destination weddings.

They’re taking their friends aboard a spaceship to send them off together.” [Sandy Hammer, a digital wedding planner]She said that her vision of wedding parties traveling around the globe is one she has created. A bride is able to transport her wedding guests to the metaverse. “

Nathalie Cadet James, a Miami-based wedding planner and designer, approaches the metaverse “with a beginner’s mind full of excitement” and tries to predict how her role might change. Ms. CadetJames suggested that she might see her role more as a film producer or director. “I can create a space that I have enhanced. As you walk into this space, flowers might appear from the ground. I would add whimsy and fantasy to it — because we could.”


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As a result of a labor shortage, the number of people seeking unemployment has fallen to its lowest weekly level since 1969. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, fell to 184,000 in the week ended Dec. 4, the lowest level since September 1969, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was close to the recent record of 194,000 set in November.

A decline in claims indicates that employers don’t want to fire workers during a time of high demand, abundant jobs and fewer potential workers than ever before.


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