US President Biden to meet with leaders on COVID-19 mandate
WASHINGTON, Sept.15 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden was scheduled to meet with business leaders and CEOs on Wednesday as he pushes companies to demand that workers be vaccinated amid a surge in COVID infections- 19 among those who have not yet been vaccinated.
Biden told reporters upon returning to the White House on Tuesday that he had seen “positive support for terms of office, overall,” although he acknowledged there would still be a small percentage of people. who would refuse to be shot.
Biden said he would meet with major employers at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the mandate issue.
Meeting attendees include Walt Disney Co, Microsoft Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, The Wall Street Journal reported https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-to-meet-with-top-executives-on- covid- 19-vaccine-mandate-11631696400? mod = latest_headlines.
The president last week announced policies requiring most federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and urging large employers to have their workers vaccinated or tested every week.
The new measures would apply to about two-thirds of all American employees, those who work for companies with more than 100 workers.
The fast-spreading Delta variant has sparked a new wave of illness and death, posing an increased risk not only to the country but to a president who has come forward promising to take control of the pandemic.
Some small employers have expressed frustration with the mandate. Large employers like US automakers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co and rare earth producer MP Materials Corp have said they are encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but they are silent about Biden’s executive order. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Hugh Lawson)