More news related to the illogical and outdated U.S. vaccination requirement, because we told you we’d keep you in the loop: U.S. Representatives (the equivalent of federal MPs) from both parties voted to end the requirement, by a vote of 227 to 201.
But for now, it has no impact at all. And it’s far from certain that it’s going to have any impact too.
Here are the details.
Reminder of the context
In early January, the U.S. vaccination requirement was extended by President Biden.
I won’t repeat the basics of this rule, you can read that article with all the details of this unscientific measure, because their definition of “vaccinated” has never been updated and is completely outdated according to all the experts in epidemiology (and everyone else who has the slightest bit of critical thinking and doesn’t just blindly believe the governments).
Since then, Biden has also announced the end of the state of emergency in the United States, but that will only take effect on May 11. And that doesn’t include the vaccination requirement to enter the country, which is a separate and completely distinct rule.
But as we explained in that article, it gives the impression that the vaccination requirement will remain in place until May 11, although this is not certain. It could end earlier or even stay longer.
The vote in the House of Representatives
Since these announcements, the U.S. Travel Association has made several public appearances to criticize the rule.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 227 to 201 to end the rule.
That doesn’t end the rule.
The Senate must also vote and it is controlled by the Democrats, President Biden’s party. While it wasn’t unanimous, they voted overwhelmingly against the bill in the House of Representatives.
Not just that, the President can even veto it if he wants. And all indications are that’s what he would do if it got there. He just repeated that he was against the law that was passed.
He says it “reduces the spread,” which is obviously absurd. Having been vaccinated 2 full years ago, without ever having had a booster dose (the American definition of “vaccinated”) would reduce the spread more than testing negative? More than having had COVID-19 a few weeks ago and having immunity, but not having had a vaccine?
And it is those who criticize this who are “anti-science” according to the many who suffer from covidanxiety who don’t want to get over all this.
Anyway, the next steps in this bill remain to be seen.
We’ll let you know as soon as there are developments. But it doesn’t look like this vote will change anything at this point.
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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to end the U.S. vaccination requirement, but unfortunately, that doesn’t change anything at this point. It would also be surprising if it changed anything later, but we’ll obviously be following closely.
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