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Timothy L. O'Brien

Vaccine Mandates Win in Court, Not a Moment Too Soon

With the omicron variant surging in the U.S., requiring shots for workers will save lives. 

The common good transcends the desire to go it alone during a national emergency.

The common good transcends the desire to go it alone during a national emergency.

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A federal appeals court overseeing the consolidation of dozens of legal challenges to the Biden administration’s Covid-19 testing and vaccine mandates for businesses ruled on Friday evening that the White House’s effort can move forward.

Demonstrating that common sense and a healthy regard for public safety are still alive and well in some corners of the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Ohio, ruled that the mandates represent “an important step in curtailing the transmission of a deadly virus that has killed over 800,000 people in the United States, brought our healthcare system to its knees, forced businesses to shut down for months on end, and cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs.”