The Supreme Court revised transcripts of Friday’s oral arguments on the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate after Justice Neil Gorsuch originally incorrectly reported that the flu kills “hundreds of thousands” annually, as Gorsuch and Justice Sonia Sotomayor have both been criticized. false statement during trial
Supreme Court amended copy To reflect on Monday that Gorsuch actually said the flu “kills hundreds, thousands of people every year.”
Gorsuch made the remarks in a case challenging the federal government’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for private employers, as he was asking Solicitor General Elizabeth Preller when there are no vaccines for polio and other diseases, such as the flu. Why Covid-19 vaccines should be made mandatory. ,
The flu has killed between 12,000 and 52,000 Americans annually over the past decade, according For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gorsuch received widespread criticism from the public Including journalists And health specialist for the “hundreds of thousands” comment, as well considering the same The death rate is much higher when the latter has covid-19 than the flu.
Sotomayor also came under fire for claiming during the hearing that there are now “over 100,000 children” who are “in critical condition and many on ventilators” due to Covid-19, a claim Washington Post The ruling was “wildly wrong” and “absurdly high”.
Although there have been record hospitalizations among children due to the Omicron coronavirus disease, they are not as high as Sotomayor claimed: according to CDCThere have been a total of 84,582 Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Department of Health and Human Services for people 17 years and younger and under, since August 2020. reports As of Saturday, only about 5,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19.