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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday threatened to sue the Biden administration over an anticipatory coronavirus Vaccine mandate.

The governor’s remarks came during a press conference in Fort Myers on monoclonal antibody treatments that the governor has worked to make more accessible in the state to prevent serious COVID-19 infections.


“I think the mandate is going to be lost in court,” DeSantis said during the press conference regarding the federal mandate.

He said Florida would “immediately” contest any such mandate from the Biden administration and that any lawsuits in the state would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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“We think the state of Florida stands to do that,” he said. “We also know the businesses we’re going to work with to fight this.”

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The governor also said that Florida “has a responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do to protect Floridians from mandates that could result in them losing their jobs.”

DeSantis and Biden have taken opposite stances on vaccine and mask mandates. While the president issued a masked mandate on a federal basis shortly after taking office, DeSantis taboo local mask mandate in Florida.

Last month, the president announced that businesses with more than 100 employees would be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or take weekly tests. Employers are also required to pay employees for time off to receive vaccinations and recover from side effects.

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The rule is expected to go into effect once the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completes a review of the initial text of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency vaccine rule.

A Labor Department spokesperson said OSHA is “working rapidly to develop an emergency temporary standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that employees are fully vaccinated.” or have employees undergo weekly testing to protect against the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.” in Wednesday’s statement.

The department said that on Tuesday, “as part of the regulatory review process,” OSHA submitted a “preliminary text of the Emergency Temporary Standard to the Office of Management and Budget.”

About 70% of American adults have received both vaccines, while more than 60% of all Americans have received at least the first dose.

In June, 99.5% of all COVID-19 deaths were of illiterate people. The breakthrough cases resulted in a total of 14,115 US deaths, or COVID-19 cases that occurred in vaccinated individuals, and 70% of those vaccinated individuals were over the age of 65. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that no COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective against the virus.

Granthshala News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.