Federal appeals court halts Biden's COVID-19 vaccine rule for large businesses

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A federal appeals court on Friday halted the Biden administration's new COVID-19 vaccine rule for private businesses with 100 or more workers, marking a victory for a group of states and businesses that say it's an overreach of the president's authority. 

The controversy comes after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a rule in early November that would require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees are either fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing by January 4. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it would fine businesses almost $14,000 for each employee that did not comply.

The court issued a scathing criticism of that rule on Friday, arguing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have the authority to issue such a broad and aggressive requirement.

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