US judge allows university to demand covid vaccine from its students

A judge in the United States allows universities to request a covid vaccine from their students in order to attend the institution. A cou...

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  • A judge in the United States allows universities to request a covid vaccine from their students in order to attend the institution.
  • A court dismisses the suspension of anti-covid measures in Florida for cruise ships.
  • Delta variant of coronavirus makes its way across the nation.

New York, Jul 19 (EFE News).- A US federal judge ruled this Monday that Indiana University may require its students to receive the covid-19 vaccine before the start of the course this fall if they want to attend to the classes. “(…) The Fourteenth Amendment allows Indiana University to pursue due and reasonable process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of the public health of its students,” said Judge Damon Leichty in a 101-page document published this Sunday.

The ruling comes after eight students filed a lawsuit claiming that the school’s vaccination policy was unconstitutional and that it violated both the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution and state law. Their lawyers alleged that asking students to be vaccinated violates their right to their integrity and their bodily autonomy, while stressing that the vaccine against covid-19 only has an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Problems due to this situation

A vaccine to prevent coronavirus

“What is happening here is that the Government is forcing you to do something that you completely oppose and also, your body is being invaded in the process,” explained lawyer James Bopp Jr., who pointed out that the sentence will be appealed. The Indiana University announced last June for the first time its plan to require students, faculty and staff of the center to receive the anticovid vaccine before starting the next course in September. “A federal court ruling has confirmed the Indiana University covid-19 vaccination plan designed for the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff,” the center said in a statement.

“We appreciate the fast and rigorous sentencing that allows us to focus on a full and safe return,” he added. Indiana’s is just one of more than 100 US colleges that are requiring their students to get vaccinated. Historically, the US Supreme Court has allowed public schools to impose vaccination campaigns, while Judge Leichty’s ruling recalls other vaccines that are required to attend Indiana schools. “Indiana requires all public university students to be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal disease before attending the center. All these vaccines, except one, have been required since 1993, ”the text states. EFE News

Court halts Florida suspension of anti-covid-19 measures on cruise ships


Miami, Jul 18 (EFE News) .- An appeals court blocked at midnight on Saturday a order that was to come into force this Sunday and that eliminated the measures of the US health authorities that seek to prevent contagion of covid-19 on cruise ships departing from Florida, the world capital of this sector.

The temporary suspension of restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for cruises departing in Florida will keep the regulations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in force (CDC, in English) while the federal government’s claim to the decision of a lower court is being elucidated. Lawyers for the United States Department of Justice appealed the decision of a judge who in June issued an opinion against the health requirements imposed by the CDC to prevent a further spread of covid-19.

The controversy

A digital illustration of the coronavirus

On June 18, federal judge Steven Merryday pointed out that the “conditional navigation” order issued by the CDC, in October of last year, was no longer about a “health threat” or less at the level of when the pandemic began. , taking into account vaccination rates, case numbers and the effectiveness of prevention measures.

In its decision, Merryday, with a court in Tampa (Florida), even alluded to the “successful and safe reopening” of businesses such as airlines, sporting events and others held in high-capacity venues. However, the Department of Justice alleged the existence of “indisputable evidence” showing that “unregulated” cruise operations would exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and assured that CDC regulations “do not shut down the cruise industry.” , but rather provides a sensitive and flexible framework for reopening ”.

The governor

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

The appeal is the result of a lawsuit filed in April by the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, and the attorney general of this state, Ashley Moody, who indicated that the CDC’s requirements to navigate “exceeded” the authority of this agency. federal. DeSantis has been very critical of the agency, which he has pointed out as hindering the resumption of cruise operations, a sector that has been paralyzed for more than a year and has an important weight in the Florida economy.

The appeals court’s ruling came on the same day that the Disney Cruise Lines company began a test route under CDC regulations on Saturday with the departure of the Disney Dream ship from Port Canaveral, Florida. Disney’s first trial trip will last two days and the ticket was made up entirely of company personnel who volunteered. Two other of the major players in the sector, Royal Caribbean and Carnivel, plan to make test trips at the end of this month. The ruling also comes when new cases of covid-19 and hospitalizations in Florida have soared again and when the White House warns that the state accounted for about 20% of all infections in the country last week . EFE News

The delta variant represents 25% of new cases of covid-19 in the US


Los Angeles, Jul 1 (EFE News) .- The delta variant, first detected in India, currently represents 25% of new cases of covid-19 in the US, the director of the Control Centers warned this Thursday. and Disease Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky. In a press conference, Walensky assured that it is a “hyper-transmissible” variant, which has become the second most prevalent type of covid-19 in the US, only behind the alpha variant, found for the first time. in the United Kingdom.

The increase in cases of covid-19 due to the delta mutation worries in the United States, where there is a debate about the reintroduction of the use of the mask after the Los Angeles County and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended indoors even for fully vaccinated people. In the last hours, the governor of the state of Illinois, JB Pritzker, also advised its use due to the increase in the number of cases.

The Covid vaccine

Mask to combat covid

The main epidemiologist of the Government, Anthony Fauci, explained at the press conference that people who are fully vaccinated “have a high degree of protection” against this new variant. “Therefore, they do not need to wear a mask, either indoors or outdoors,” Fauci said, agreeing with the CDC guidelines.

However, the epidemiologist said that local authorities, such as those in Los Angeles County or the state of Illinois, have full power to make their own decisions taking into account the situation in their communities. Both Fauci and Walensky said the best way to deal with the delta variant is to continue vaccinations in the US “Those who are not vaccinated are at higher risk, we have to keep pushing vaccinations, which are free and convenient.” Fauci insisted. In his statements, Walensky stressed that there are about 1,000 communities in the US that have vaccination rates of 30% or less, which makes their populations “vulnerable.” EFE News

Puerto Rico registers the first case of the delta variant of covid-19


San Juan, Jun 15 (EFE News) .- Puerto Rico registered the first case of the delta (Indian) variant of covid-19 in an asymptomatic minor American tourist, who did not require hospitalization. The spokeswoman for the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, Lisdián Acevedo, confirmed this Tuesday that it is a minor from the United States, although without giving more details or how it was infected or its specific origin in the United States before to get to Puerto Rico. The delta variant is attributed to about 6% of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English).

The delta variant, first detected in India in December 2020, however threatens to overtake the UK B.1.1.7 strain as the most widespread due to its large presence on other continents. The first case of the delta variant of the coronavirus on the island, as this mutation of the coronavirus that emerged in India is called internationally, comes the day when Puerto Rico reported 188 (yesterday, 410) additional positive cases between confirmed, probable and suspects, while six additional deaths were registered by covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations continue in decline with 58 (yesterday, 60). The United States CDC declared the delta a variant of concern because it is much more transmissible than SARS-CoV-19 and more easily affects people who did not complete the full vaccination cycle. EFE News

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