Louisiana court blocks Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate as US battles record Covid-19 wave

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President Joe Biden’s order that US education workers be vaccinated against Covid-19 has been dealt a blow by a Louisiana judge, who ruled the White House cannot require employees in a federal education programme to be vaccinated.

US District Judge Terry Doughty said the Biden administration unlawfully bypassed Congress when it ruled that workers in Head Start programmes must receive Covid jabs by 31 January, and students age two and over wear masks indoors or in close contact with others.

The federally-funded program promotes education for children under age six from low-income families. Judge Doughty, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, said the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government is critical.

“If the Executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the Legislative branch to make laws, then this country is no longer…

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