WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance. en) - US President Joe Biden met with US CEOs and other business leaders on Wednesday as he pushede companies to demand that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid an increase in infections among the unvaccinated.
Participants in the meeting included the CEOs of Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) , Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) .
Biden last week announced Vaccination mandates for almost all federal employees, federal contractor s , and large corporations as the number of infections in the United States continued to rise,Hospital beds in parts of the country have filled up and the need for masks has returned. After months of trying to persuade Americans to get vaccinated for free, the White House is pushing state and local governments, businesses, and schools to pass mandates requiring them instead.
Biden said at the start of the meeting that it would take some time to put the new requirements in place.
"It's about beating this virus and saving lives," he said.
Some Republican-led states and a sizable minority of Americans have challenged vaccine recommendations from health officials, citing economics or freedom of choice. With only 63% of the population having received at least one dose, the vaccination rate in the United States is now offset most developed economies.
Opinion polls have shown that a majority of Americans support some form of vaccination mandate.
Biden told reporters on Tuesday he saw "positive support for terms, overall " although he acknowledged that there would still be a small percentage of people who would refuse to stand. get vaccinated.
The White House hopes Wednesday's meeting will serve as a "rallying cry for more businesses across the country to step up and institute similar measures "said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The meeting involves heads of 'businessand business leaders who have instituted vaccine requirements or are working to implement the new rules, the person said.
Policies announced last week require nearly all federal workers and federal contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and push large employers to have workers vaccinated or tested every week. The new measures would apply to companies with more than 100 employees, or about two-thirds of all American workers.
Of those who met Biden Also included were CEOs of the Kaiser Permanente Health System, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream.
Josh Bolten, President of the Business Roundtable representing the employers of 20 million workers, also participated. Tablebusiness round welcomed Biden's announcement on the warrants. Bolten was chief of staff to former Republican President George W. Bush.
The rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus has sparked a new wave of illness and death, posing an increased risk not only to the country but to a president who, as a candidate, has vowed to take control of the pandemic.
Some small employers have frustration expressed with the mandate. Large employers such as the American automakers General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (FN) and the producer of rare earths MP Materials Corp (MP. N) said they were encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but were silent on Biden's decree.
Raytheon Technologies Corp (RTX.N) , an arms manufacturer and aerospace company that does extensive business with the US government, said on Wednesday that he expects Biden's vaccine mandate strengthen their business outlook as the fourth quarter approaches. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Doina Chiacu and Jeff Mason; Edited by Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis
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