The world this week - Politics
The Biden administration defended its decision to introduce vaccine mandates, after more Republican governors said they would fight them in court.
Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas and an advocate of vaccines, said the government’s order “disrupts and divides” America.
With only 54% of the population fully vaccinated, Joe Biden thinks mandates are essential.
Companies will have to ensure their employees are either jabbed or tested weekly.
All federal workers as well as staff in health facilities that receive government money will have to be vaccinated.
In Britain the government reversed course and said that vaccine passports for large events would not go ahead.
The roll-out of vaccine boosters for over-50s will start, however, to help reduce pressure on the health service.
Jabs will also be offered to 12- to 15-year-olds, a controversial move; the official vaccine committee has said the benefit from a health perspective is too small, but the government insists that inoculations will limit disruption to schools.
Gavin Newsom easily defeated a statewide ballot, bankrolled by conservative groups, to boot him out of office as governor of California.
The Democrat said his victory represented a “yes to science” and to vaccines.
Australia looks likely to become the world’s seventh country to operate nuclear-powered submarines as part of AUKUS, a new security partnership between America, Australia and Britain that reflects their worries about China’s growing power in Asia.
North Korea broke UN resolutions again by testing short-range ballistic missiles, and for the first time used a train to launch the weapons.
South Korea also conducted its own missile test, launching its weapons from a submarine for the first time.