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Arne Duncan, the previous Obama administration official, took to Twitter Monday to reward Austria’s controversial decision to lock down unvaccinated residents due to an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances, elevating questions on whether or not an identical coverage may very well be embraced by different nations.

The former head of the Education Department retweeted a report on Vienna’s nationwide lockdown for many who are unvaccinated who haven’t not too long ago had the virus. The Associated Press referred to as the transfer “the most drastic of a string of measures” by European nations to counter the fourth wave.

Arne Duncan, now a managing partner at Emerson Collective, was among the advocates speaking at The Kennedy Forum National Summit On Mental Health Equity And Justice In Chicago on January 16, 2018 in Chicago.  (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Kennedy Forum)

Arne Duncan, now a managing companion at Emerson Collective, was among the many advocates talking at The Kennedy Forum National Summit On Mental Health Equity And Justice In Chicago on January 16, 2018 in Chicago.  (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Kennedy Forum)

Officials within the nation say police patrols and checks might be stepped up and unvaccinated individuals might be fined up to $1,660 in the event that they violate the lockdown. The lockdown impacts about 2 million Austrians. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg mentioned his goal is to enhance the variety of those that take the jab.


Duncan, who isn’t a part of the Biden administration, appeared to approve, posting, “If you (sic) a danger to yourself and others, you must remain at home. If you aren’t, you are free to roam around the country. Austria is onto something…”

The tweet from a former Obama Cabinet member was certain to face swift criticism and raised new questions in regards to the liberties that unvaccinated Americans could have because the virus continues to flow into into the winter months.


One commenter posted, “Looks like Arne Duncan’s ideal is for unvaccinated kids & teens to be locked up at home again—despite the cost to mental health, relationships, and learning.”

Biden’s detractors have already challenged the White House on COVID-19 measures saying they declare run counter to their primary freedoms.

Steve Marshall, Alabama’s lawyer normal, who filed a lawsuit towards a part of Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies informed Fox News earlier this month that there’s a “slippery slope” when it comes to authorities overreach. He identified that the White House’s place on vaccines simply months earlier than the Sept. 9 announcement was that it’s “not the role of the federal government to issue these mandates.” 

A federal appeals court docket final week reaffirmed its decision to enact a keep on Biden’s office vaccination mandate following authorized challenges. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.”

Biden’s supporters insist that the president is concentrated on defending the well being of Americans and the quickest means that the nation will reemerge from the COVID-19 epidemic is by sporting masks and getting as many Americans vaccinated towards the virus as potential.

About 194 million Americans are totally vaccinated, which is about 58.8% of the inhabitants.

The White House and Duncan didn’t instantly reply to after-hour emails from Fox News.

A latest Washington Post-ABC ballot found that 47% of Americans now approve of his dealing with of the outbreak. The paper reported that in June, 62% authorized.

Duncan later tweeted, “I look forward to the day when we Americans value the health, safety and well-being of our neighbors at least as much as we value our personal freedom.”

Fox Business’ Thomas Barrabi and The Associated Press contributed to this report