Biden to push vaccine mandates in meeting with top execs from Microsoft, Walgreens, others

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U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Cuban American leaders successful the State Dining Room astatine the White House successful Washington, U.S., July 30, 2021.

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden volition sermon the effectiveness of leader vaccine mandates Wednesday with apical executives from companies including Walt Disney, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

The gathering astatine the White House volition beryllium mostly successful person, with a fewer attendees contiguous virtually, a White House authoritative told CNBC.

The lawsuit volition showcase companies that person instituted mandatory Covid vaccination policies crossed their workforce, and however these requirements person dramatically improved vaccination rates among employees.

"This lawsuit volition service arsenic a rallying outcry for much businesses crossed the state to measurement up and institute akin measures," said a White House authoritative who spoke connected inheritance successful bid to preview the event.

Participants volition see Microsoft president Brad Smith, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer, Columbia Sportswear president and CEO Tim Boyle and Greg Adams, the president and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.

Also expected to be are Business Roundtable president and CEO Josh Bolten, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia president and CEO Madeline Bell, Louisiana State University president William Tate and Molly Moon Neitzel, the laminitis and CEO of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream.

The gathering comes a week aft Biden announced sweeping caller rules that volition require all companies with much than 100 employees to require either vaccination oregon play Covid testing. Companies that neglect to comply could look thousands of dollars successful fines per employee.

Biden said the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are drafting the rules, which are expected to beryllium released successful the coming weeks.

Once implemented, the firm rules volition interaction arsenic galore arsenic 80 cardinal workers.

The backstage assemblage mandates are successful summation to enforcement orders Biden signed that necessitate each national employees and national authorities contractors to beryllium vaccinated.

He besides announced vaccine requirements for 17 cardinal wellness attraction workers astatine facilities receiving funds from Medicare and Medicaid, including hospitals, location attraction facilities and dialysis centers.

In total, the caller rules volition use to astir 100 cardinal moving Americans.

In crafting the caller rules, the Biden medication consulted with White House attorneys and ineligible experts.

But large ineligible and logistical questions inactive remain.

So far, galore ample employers and institutions astir the state person implemented a patchwork of vaccine incentives and requirements for their workers.

At Walgreens, for instance, all bureau enactment workers are required to beryllium vaccinated by Sept. 30.

Sept. 30 is besides the deadline for salaried and non-union employees astatine Walt Disney to beryllium vaccinated. Unionized employees volition person different 3 weeks, according to the presumption of a deal that Walt Disney reached with the Service Trades Council Union successful August.

Microsoft, meanwhile, is requiring that each employees, visitors and vendors entering its U.S. offices beryllium vaccinated.

Biden's vaccine mandate for midsized and ample employers has received beardown pushback from Republican governors, who assertion the requirements interruption authorities laws.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the requirements on Tuesday, claiming that a mandate for businesses with much than 100 employees is unconstitutional.