Judge rejects Powell’s challenge to Pentagon’s vaccine mandate

Source: The Hill

“A judge on Friday rejected ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s challenge of the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate. Powell’s Texas-based group, dubbed Defending the Republic, filed a lawsuit in October on behalf of 16 active-duty service members ‘in support of their right to refuse’ the COVID-19 vaccine. … The plaintiffs argued that the vaccine mandate imposed ‘unconstitutional conditions by forcing Plaintiffs to choose between violation of their constitutional rights or facing life-altering punishments,’ and argued that the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was unconstitutional. They said the vaccine mandate was invalid because it did not go through required ‘notice-and-comment rulemaking.’ The lawsuit specifically asked the court to block the Pentagon from implementing the mandate and compel the FDA to retract its approval of the Pfizer vaccine. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor on Friday, however, ruled that the plaintiffs’ lawsuit did not reach the ‘extraordinary burden of showing the mandate lacks any rationality.'” (11/15/21)