Steve September 15, 2021

Source: The Wall Street Journal.


Biden to Meet With Top Executives on Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

Microsoft, Walgreens and others are expected to give their input after president announced plan to contain pandemic

By Sabrina Siddiqui

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Sept. 15, 2021 5:00 am ET

WASHINGTON—President Biden is expected to meet Wednesday with executives from companies including Walt Disney Co. , Microsoft Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. to advance his Covid-19 vaccination requirements for the private sector.

The White House meeting comes after a plan Mr. Biden announced last week designed to bring the pandemic under control, which includes vaccine requirements affecting roughly 100 million workers. Attendees are expected to discuss how they are expanding requirements at their companies and institutions and how mandates have driven up vaccinations among employees, a White House official said.

“In order for us to get back to any kind of a normal business and life experience, people have to get vaccinated,” said Columbia Sportswear Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Boyle, who is attending the meeting.

The White House official said other participants include Microsoft President Brad Smith, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer and Greg Adams, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. Also expected to attend are Louisiana State University President William Tate; Madeline Bell, the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Business Roundtable President and CEO Josh Bolten ; and Molly Moon Neitzel, the founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Mr. Biden has defended a more robust approach to Covid-19 that includes an anticipated rule under which all employers with 100 or more employees would have to require that their workers be vaccinated or undergo at least weekly Covid-19 testing. Under Mr. Biden’s new plan, the administration will also require vaccinations for workers in most healthcare settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, as well as federal employees in the executive branch and government contractors.

Mr. Boyle said Columbia Sportswear, which employs roughly 4,000 people in the U.S., had encouraged employees to be vaccinated but until now stopped short of tougher requirements in part out of concern that people might seek jobs elsewhere. Mr. Boyle said the Biden administration’s requirements, which the company plans to implement, will help create a standard.


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