WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - US President Joe Biden to meet with business leaders on Wednesday as he pushes companies to demand that workers be vaccinated amid outbreak of COVID-19 infections among those without a dose.
Meeting attendees include the CEOs of Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) , Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) , said the White House .
Biden last week announced vaccination mandates for almost all federal employeesAs the number of infections in the United States continued to rise, hospital beds in parts of the country filled and the need for masks returned.
Some Republican-led states are defying the recommendations of health officials, citing economic arguments or freedom of choice. Biden, a Democrat, chose to dig deeper, embracing vaccine requirements despite fierce opposition.
Nonetheless, opinion polls showed that a majority of Americans support some form of mandate.
Biden told reporters on Tuesday that he saw positive support for the warrants , on the whole ", although he recwe know that there would still be a small percentage of people who refuse to be vaccinated.
The White House hopes Wednesday's meeting will serve " rallying cry for more business across the country to step up and institute similar measures, "an official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The meeting involves business leaders and 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 get vaccinated or test workers weekly. The new measures would apply to companies with more than 100 employees, or about thetwo-thirds of all American workers.
Among those expected to meet with Biden are also the CEOs of the Kaiser Permanente health system at 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, wil J 'Attend, said 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 country but to a president who, as a candidate, has pledged to take control of the pandemic.
Some small employers expressed their frustrationone with the warrant. Large employers like the American automakers General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (FN) and rare earth producer MP Materials Corp (MP. N) said they were encouraging employees to get the vaccine, but they were silent about Biden's decree. learn more Report by Trevor Hunnicutt and Doina Chiacu; Edited by Hugh Lawson, Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis
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