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More than 10 GOP states sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates

FILE PHOTO: Pfizer/BioNTech's new pediatric COVID-19 vaccine vials are seen in this undated handout photo. Pfizer/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo (Pfizer/Via Reuters)
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Ten states with GOP leaderships filed a joint lawsuit Friday to challenge the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a separate challenge. The lawsuits are part of a broader opposition by Republican-led states to requirements for immunizations that curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Attorneys general in Missouri, Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming sued Biden and other federal officials Friday, arguing a mandate encompassing one-fifth of U.S. workers infringes on states’ powers and is unconstitutional.

On Friday regulators authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, a watershed moment celebrated by parents yearning for a return to normal life but viewed with ambivalence and outright skepticism by others worried about the potential risk of unknown side effects.

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