Politics: Former Obama official blasts Supreme Court justices for blocking Biden's vaccine mandate: 'They really don't want to stop this pandemic'

Supreme Court blocks Biden COVID mandate requiring vaccine, testing at work. Here’s what we know.

  Supreme Court blocks Biden COVID mandate requiring vaccine, testing at work. Here’s what we know. The Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration's COVID vaccine-or-testing mandate for employees at large businesses. How are workers impacted?That's because the Supreme Court Thursday halted the Biden administration's enforcement of the mandate, which would have taken effect Feb. 9 and covered two-thirds of the nation's private workforce, an estimated 84 million employees.

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels (R) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration attends a full committee hearing on Capitol Hill June 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images © Provided by Business Insider Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels (R) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration attends a full committee hearing on Capitol Hill June 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images
  • An ex-Obama official blasted the Supreme Court for blocking a vaccine mandate for big companies.
  • "They really don't want to stop this pandemic," David Michaels said on MSNBC on Sunday.
  • The Supreme Court last week blocked Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for private companies.

A former Obama administration official blasted Supreme Court justices on Sunday for blocking President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large companies.

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

  Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being overrun and record numbers of people are getting infected with the omicron variant, the administration hopes states and companies will order their own vaccinate-or-test requirements. And if the presidential “bully pulpit” still counts for persuasion, Biden intends to use it.

"They really don't want to stop this pandemic," David Michaels, an epidemiologist who worked as an assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 2009 through January 2017 after being nominated for the role by then-President Barack Obama, said on MSNBC on Sunday.

Michaels said he believes that Republican-appointed judges on the Supreme Court "don't care" about the coronavirus crisis.

"We're not going to stop this pandemic, and we're not going to get people back to work and the country back to normalcy if we don't have some much better workplace protections," he said.

The Supreme Court last week struck down Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for private companies with more than 100 employees, but allowed the mandate to take shape for healthcare workers at federally funded facilities.

The 6-3 ruling was a victory to Republicans who argued that the mandate was an overreach of power for the federal government.

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