Joe Biden To Meet With Business Execs Over Vaccine Requirements

( The leaders of some of the largest businesses in the country are not happy with the White House’s new vaccine requirements. Now, the president will meet with them directly in hopes of changing their minds.

This week, President Joe Biden was to meet with various business executives over at the White House to discuss the new COVID-19 vaccine requirements he set for private sector companies.

Just a little more than a week ago, Biden announced a new rule from the Labor Department that will require any business that has at least 100 employees to require their workers to either get a COVID-19 vaccine, or to submit to regular COVID-19 testing.

The White House has said this is necessary so that a larger chunk of the U.S. population will get vaccinated and, hopefully, eradicate the coronavirus.

An official with the Biden administration said the meeting would include some of the most powerful executives in the country. That includes William Tate, the president of Louisiana State University; Tim Boyle, the president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear; Bob Chapek, the CEO of Wal Disney; Greg Adams, the chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanent; Roz Brewer, the CEO of Walgreens; and Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft.

Leaders of other large businesses and organizations are expected to attend the get-together as well.

The one common thread that all those represented at the meeting share is they have all either instituted their own requirements for vaccines or have supported the Biden administration’s new rule that was announced last week.

One such company is the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There, the hospital system began requiring vaccines for all of their staff back in July. As of now, nearly 90% of the hospital’s workforce is already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with just about one month left before the final deadline to hit 100%.

An official with the administration who is familiar with the talks said:

“The president will discuss their leadership on putting into place strong COVID-19 requirements that help keep a safe workplace. This event will also serve as a rallying cry for more businesses across the country to step up and institute similar measures.”

The event really does fall short of what it could accomplish, though. Instead of reaching out to businesses and organizations that might have questions or concerns about this new far-reaching policy, Biden is yet again just pandering to those people and entities that already support him.

This is not a great way to do outreach. Instead, he’s hoping that the leaders of these organizations will do it for him.

The new rule isn’t finalized just yet, but is expected to be done in the next few weeks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Labor Department is working on the details of the rule.

Polls are showing that many people do support these vaccine mandates, but there are still plenty of people and groups that believe the federal government is overreaching under Biden.