The National Law Journal  |  January 13, 2022

But health law scholar Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University’s Institute for National and Global Health Law, said the decision will prolong the pandemic. “The OSHA employer mandate was the single most effective policy for getting people vaccinated,” he said. “Without a wide-reaching federal mandate, it’s unlikely the national vaccination rate of just over 60% will improve. We are way behind our peer nations. This Supreme Court’s decision makes it hard to see how we will effectively combat Omicron, and future COVID variants. Even more concerning is that the court is eviscerating the very ability of the federal government to protect Americans. The justices are overturning decades of precedent upholding federal public health powers.”

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