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Starbucks suspends vaccine, test claim after U.S. court ruling

January 19 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) suspended the COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for U.S. employees who had been authorized by the government, according to a memo sent to workers Tuesday, following a negative U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The coffee giant had said earlier this month that it would require its approximately 220,000 U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests. Read more

The U.S. Supreme Court last week slammed the Joe Biden administration's vaccination or test mandate for large companies and ruled that the policy exceeded the executive branch. Read more

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"We respect the court's decision and will comply," Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in a note to workers.

The move follows a similar decision by industrial conglomerate General Electric Co.

More than 90% of the company's employees have already revealed their vaccination status, with the vast majority fully vaccinated, according to the memo.

Culver also said in the note Starbucks strongly calls for vaccinations and boosters as well as disclosure of vaccination status.

The United States is currently the world leader in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in four deaths reported worldwide each day.

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Reporting of Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing Vinay Dwivedi

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