President Joe Biden is anticipated to meet Wednesday with executives from a number of the nation’s greatest corporations, together with Disney, Microsoft and Walgreens, to discuss his sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate introduced final week.
The execs heading for the White House Wednesday are anticipated to discuss methods for increasing vaccine necessities at their corporations and whether or not they’ve seen success rising vaccinations amongst employees, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a White House official.
Among these anticipated to attend are: Microsoft president Brad Smith, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer, and Kaiser Permanente CEO Greg Adams, the outlet reported.
Louisiana State University President William Tate, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Madeline Bell, Business Roundtable CEO Josh Bolten and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Molly Moon Neitzel are additionally anticipated to attend the assembly, in accordance to the Journal.
A consultant for the White House didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark.
“In order for us to get back to any kind of a normal business and life experience, people have to get vaccinated,” mentioned Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, who’s additionally reportedly anticipated to attend the assembly.
The assembly comes after the White House final week unveiled its new COVID-19 Action Plan, which mentioned the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is engaged on an emergency rule that can name for corporations with 100 or extra staff to mandate the vaccine or rollout a weekly testing routine.
Administration officers have mentioned corporations that violate the rule might be slapped with penalties of $14,000 per violation.
Boyle, whose firm employs roughly 4,000 folks within the US, informed the Journal that he helps Biden’s vaccine mandate.
He added that Columbia has inspired staff to get vaccinated, however stopped in need of requiring it due to fears that folks would give up amid a nationwide labor scarcity that’s hit retailers significantly arduous.
“This is actually quite a good thing for leveling the playing field,” he mentioned. “Companies like ourselves that want to have employees encouraged to the highest degree to get vaccinated — this is going to give us the ability to do that and not put our business at risk.”
The White House vaccine mandate, although, has drawn criticism. The Consumer Brands Association, which represents shopper items giants like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills, sent a letter to the White House on Monday demanding “immediate clarity” on the small print of the order.
And on Tuesday, Arizona sued the Biden administration, with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich accusing Biden of presidency overreach.
“Under our Constitution, the President is not a king who can exercise this sort of unbridled power unilaterally. And even George III wouldn’t have dreamed that he could enact such sweeping policies by royal decree alone,” he mentioned.
“The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda,” he added.