A top Republican senator is urging the Department of Defense to suspend its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, asserting there could be a devastating cost with enforcing the requirement. “This haphazardly implemented and politically motivated vaccine mandate must be immediately suspended or risk irrevocable damage to our national security,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking GOP member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote in an Oct. 18 letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Austin in late August ordered the heads of each branch to develop COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including deadlines. The earliest deadline is Nov. 2. The latest numbers show hundreds of thousands of troops, primarily in the Army, remain unvaccinated. Inhofe said the Biden administration’s imposition of mandates on the military and civilians risks readiness and morale. “At a time when our adversaries continue to increase their quantitative and qualitative advantage against our forces, we should seek to ensure that …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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