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GE suspends Covid vaccine and testing rules after Supreme Court blocks Biden mandate


At the GE Manufacturing Solutions in Fort Worth Texas, an employee installs a tractionmotor onto a General Electric Evolution Series Tier 4 Diesel locomotive.

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General ElectricA spokesperson for the company told CNBC that the Covid vaccine requirement and testing requirements were suspended effective Friday after the Supreme Court revoked the Biden administration’s mandate.

A spokesperson for GE stated that the company, with 174,000 employees, encouraged employees to have their vaccines.

Conservatism is the majority at Supreme Court in a 6-3 rulingThis was called the Administration’s Requirements a “blunt Instrument” which “makes no distinctions according to industry or potential exposure to Covid-19.”

After the court decision was made, President Joe Biden addressed the media and asked companies to install the vaccine.

Biden stated that the Court ruled my administration can’t use Congress’ authority to order this measure. However, that doesn’t prevent me from speaking out on behalf of employers in order to safeguard the health and economic well-being of Americans.

Marty Walsh, Labor Secretary has pledged to make use of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration authority in order to hold employers accountable for Covid protection.

Walsh stated in a Thursday statement that all employers must require their workers to have the virus tested or vaccinated weekly in order to combat this deadly disease in the workplace. Employers are responsible for the safety and well-being of workers.

American Medical Association (one of the biggest doctors’ associations in America) said the Supreme Court has blocked “one the most effective tools to fight further transmission and the death from this aggressive viral disease.”

Gerald Harmon, President of the American Medical Association stated that workplace transmission is a key factor in spreading COVID-19. All workers across the country should have access to evidence-based, common-sense protections against COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths, and infection.

Harmon encouraged businesses to protect their employees from Covid. A number of large companies – including Citigroup, Nike and Columbia Sportswear – have said they would begin firing unvaccinated workers.

Infections are increasing at an unprecedented rate due to the Omicron Covid variant. A CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data revealed that the U.S. has an average number of more than 786 000 new infections each day. That’s 29% higher than the previous week.

According to federal data, hospitals are experiencing a pandemic. This is based upon information that dates back to the summer 2020. A seven-day average from Health and Human Services data showed that approximately 151,000 Americans were in hospitals with Covid on Friday. This is 23% more than a week ago. This includes patients who were hospitalized due to Covid as well as those who test positive following admission.

This report was contributed by Nate Rattner, CNBC