US President Joe Biden met with corporate executives on Wednesday to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations for workers, as infections in the US rise in unvaccinated people.
Biden said Thursday the Labor Department was planning to impose the vaccine requirement on companies that employ at least 100 people. He said companies should require workers to be fully vaccinated or to test negative at least once a week.
The president said about 100 million workers would be subject to the requirements.
The new vaccination and testing requirements are part of a broader push by the Biden administration to halt the spread of the highly transmissible Delta version of the coronavirus. Variant causes increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the US
According to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Research Center, although vaccination is free and widely available, only 55% of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Biden and business leaders will meet at the Eisenhower Executive Office building next to the White House. A White House official said the officials who will participate are with companies that have established vaccine requirements or are in the process of doing so.
While Business Roundtable and some other business groups support Biden’s vaccination and testing requirements, some Republican lawmakers have threatened to sue the Biden administration, arguing that Biden has exceeded his authority.
The White House official said the meeting is expected to “serve as a rallying cry for more businesses across the country to set up similar measures.”
Some of the information in this report was provided by the Associated Press and Reuters.