US top court blocks vaccine-or-test policy

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The US Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's pandemic-related vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses at a time of escalating COVID-19 infections while allowing his administration to enforce its separate vaccine requirement for healthcare facilities.

The court acted after hearing arguments last Friday in the legal fight over temporary mandates issued in November by two federal agencies aimed at increasing US vaccination rates and making workplaces and healthcare settings safer.

The cases tested presidential powers to address a swelling public health crisis that already has killed more than 845,000 people in the country.

The court concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the vaccine-or-test rule on businesses with at least 100 employees.

More than 80 million people would have been affected.

with reporting from AP

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