US President Joe Biden meets with corporate executives on Wednesday to discuss vaccinating employees against COVID-19 as infections among the unvaccinated in the United States are on the rise.
President Biden said Thursday that the Department of Labor was planning to impose a condition on employee vaccination against companies that have at least 100 employees. He said companies should make vaccination mandatory for employees or at least weekly testing for Covid-19.
About 100 million employees will be affected by the move, the president said.
The new vaccination and testing rules are part of a broader campaign by President Biden’s administration to control the spread of the Delta contagious variant of the coronavirus. This variant is causing an increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States.
Although vaccination is free and available, only 55% of Americans are fully vaccinated, according to a report by the Coronavirus Research Center at Johns Hopkins University.
Biden and business executives will meet at the Eisenhower building near the White House. A White House official said the executives who will attend the meeting are from companies that have already made vaccination mandatory for their employees.
While the Business Roundtable and several other business groups support President Biden’s request to make vaccination mandatory, some Republican lawmakers have threatened to sue Mr. Biden’s administration, arguing that the president has exceeded his authority.
A White House official said he hoped the meeting would serve “as an incentive for more businesses across the country to implement similar measures.”
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