President Joe Biden on Wednesday is slated to meet with executives from big companies and other organizations, as he works to build support for the COVID-19 vaccine mandates that he announced last week.
Biden is due to host a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on vaccination requirements with the following CEOs and other execs, according to a White House official:
CEO Bob Chapek
President Brad Smith
Walgreens Boots Alliance
CEO Roz Brewer
Tim Boyle, president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear
- Josh Bolten, president and CEO of Business Roundtable, a lobbying group for large companies
- Greg Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the health insurer
- Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Molly Moon Neitzel, founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, a small business based in the Seattle area
- William Tate IV, president of Louisiana State University
Biden will discuss the executives’ leadership on putting into place strong COVID requirements, and the meeting will serve as a rallying cry for more businesses to institute similar measures, according to the White House official.
The official said vaccine requirements are good for the economy and they work, as they get more people vaccinated and accelerate the path out of the pandemic.
Last week, Biden mandated COVID vaccines for executive-branch employees as well as federal contractors, and he discussed an emergency rule that his administration is developing under which all employers with 100 or more workers would require vaccinations or weekly tests.
The president on Thursday is also scheduled to give a speech at 5 p.m. Eastern on “a national security initiative,” the White House said.
were trading little changed, as investors remain uneasy about the fallout from the COVID pandemic, which is threatening to slow global economic growth, as the delta variant has led to spikes in case counts.