President Joe Biden will meet with executives from Walgreens, The Walt Disney Company and Microsoft on Wednesday to discuss his administration’s recently announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses.
Microsoft President Brad Smith, Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Columbia Sportswear President and CEO Tim Boyle and Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rose Brewer are among business leaders to attend the meeting. A White House official.
Biden said last week that businesses must enforce vaccination requirements or face fines of up to $13,600 per violation.
White House officials said the order would be coming through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA and the Department of Labor have not responded to requests for more information, such as when the rules are expected.
Boyle told news outlets in Portland, Oregon, where the company is based, that he was pleased with the pending mandate.
“If the company is going to come back to normal operating conditions, if our country and the world is going to go back to normal operating conditions, we need to get many more people vaccinated,” he told KGW-TV.
The Business Roundtable, which it says represents hundreds of companies, also praised the mandate.
“The Business Roundtable welcomes the Biden administration’s continued vigil in the fight against COVID,” Business Roundtable President and CEO Josh Bolton said in a statement.
According to the president, the emergency rule would require employers with 100 or more workers to mandate vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing.
Other attendees scheduled to attend the Eisenhower Executive Office Building meeting are Greg Adams, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; William Tait IV, president of Louisiana State University; and Molly Moon Netzel, founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.
All the leaders to be in Washington with Biden have implemented or are planning to implement the COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
The White House official said Biden will discuss how officials are meeting the requirements and that the event will “serve as a rallying call for more businesses across the country to set up similar measures.”
Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday after returning from a trip to the West that he believes most people support his mandate, which includes requiring vaccinations for federal workers, but that ” There’s always going to be a small percentage that says “no.”
The mandate has faced some setbacks, including a challenge in court.
“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to advance its radical agenda,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Branovich of Republicans said in a statement after filing a lawsuit against Biden’s orders.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times