In an attempt to reclaim a vaccination mandate for private employers after it was suspended by a federal court, the Biden administration said the mandate was a matter of life and death. Blocking the mandate will only prolong the pandemic and lead to more deaths, the administration said in a statement in response to a court-ordered pause.
Meanwhile, Japanese health officials did not report a death from COVID-19 on Sunday for the first time in 15 months. As the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to decline, officials have eased travel restrictions on fully vaccinated international students, employees and business travelers.
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