U.S. President Joe Biden met Wednesday with some of the country’s biggest executives as part of his efforts to get more corona wires into U.S. arms.
With the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus creating headwinds for economic recovery in the United States, President Joe Biden met on Wednesday with some of the largest CEOs in the country as part of his efforts to push more into US arms to get.
The meeting – which the White House said will include the heads of Walt Disney Co., Columbia Sportswear, Microsoft and the Walgreens Boots Alliance – comes less than a week after Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Labor develop an emergency rule requires companies with 100 or more employees to either have their workers vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.
The rule would cover about two-thirds of American workers.
All the businesses attending Wednesday’s meeting either issued or developed vaccine mandates for their workers, the White House said.
Other vaccine measures Biden announced last week include requiring almost all federal employees to be vaccinated in full. His administration said Monday that federal workers have until Nov. 22 to comply with the order.
Public health mandates around COVID-19 is a biased political football game in the US, with some Republican-led states intervening against the advice of health officials.
Meanwhile, Biden – a Democrat – doubled his efforts to increase the country’s vaccination rate. About 54 percent of Americans are currently fully vaccinated, while 63.2 percent have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The White House said Josh Bolten, president and CEO of the Business Roundtable, a trade union representing businesses that employ about 20 million workers, will also attend Wednesday’s meeting.
Last week, after Biden announced the new vaccine measures, Bolten expressed his support for it. “America’s business leaders know how critical vaccination and testing are to defeat the pandemic,” he said in a statement. “Round table for business looks forward to continuing with the administration and leaders at all levels of government to defeat the pandemic.”