WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr ) - US President Joe Biden will meet with US CEOs and other business leaders on Wednesday as he pushes companies to demand that workers be vaccinated amid spike in COVID-19 infections amongthe unvaccinated.
Meeting attendees include the CEOs of Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) , Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) , the White House said.
Biden last week announced vaccination warrants for nearly all federal employees, federal contractors and large corporations as the number of infections in the United States continued increase, that hospital beds were filling up in parts of the country and that the need for masks was growing.have 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.
Some Republican-led states and a large minority of Americans have challenged vaccine recommendations from health officials, citing economic or freedom of choice arguments. With only 63% of the population having received at least one dose, the vaccination rate in the United States is now behind most developed economies.
Opinion polls have shown that a majority of Americans support some form of vaccine mandate.
Biden told reporters on Tuesday that he saw positive support for the warrants, overall, "although he acknowledged that there would still be a small percentage of people who would refuse to be 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, "an official said, speaking under the guise of 'anonymity.
The meeting involves business leaders and chief executives who have instituted vaccine requirements or are working on implementing them. implementation of the new rules, the person said.
The policies announced last week require nearly all federal workers and federal contractors to get vaccinated against theCOVID-19 and pushing large employers to vaccinate or test workers every week. The new measures would apply to companies with more than 100 employees, about two to three rds of all American workers.
Of those expected to meet with Biden Also included are the CEOs of the Kaiser Permanente Health System, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. and Molly Moon 's Homemade Ice Cream.
Josh Bolten, president of the Business Roundtable representing employers of 20 million workers, will be in attendance, announced the White House. . The business roundtable welcomed Biden's announcement on the mandates. 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 countrybut for a president who, as a candidate, has promised to take control of the pandemic.
Some small employers have expressed frustration with the mandate. Large employers like the American automakers General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (FN) and producer of rare earths MP Materials Corp (MP.N) said they encouraged employees to get vaccinated, but were silent about Biden's decree. learn more Report by Trevor Hunnicutt and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis
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