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Biden administration asks U.S. Supreme Court to lift lower courts hold on vaccine mandate

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By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift rulings by two lower courts that put the president’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers on hold, saying the shots were crucial before an expected winter spike in cases. Both rulings were issued as part of legal challenges to U.S. President Joe Biden’s mandates for healthcare workers treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. The rule initially required more than 2 million unvaccinated healthcare workers to be vaccinated by Dec. 6. “The exceptionally urgent need to reduce the risk of…

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