Business Roundtable, a large lobbyist group with over 200 CEOs representing companies from every sector of the American economy, including those from Fortune 500 companies, released a statement on Thursday, welcoming President Biden’s plan that requires companies that have more than a 100 workers to mandate vaccines or weekly tests. The delta variant is still surging across the country and has a much more disastrous effect on the unvaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the delta variant accounts for more than 90 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
Joshua Bolten, the group’s president said that Business Roundtable welcomed the Biden administration’s continued vigilance in dealing with COVID-19. He said business leaders in America were aware of how important it was to vaccinate and test for the infection so that the pandemic could be defeated.
He said that several companies had decided to implement a vaccine mandate for some, or all of their employees and they applauded that decision. He also said that Business Roundtable looked forward to continuing to work with the administration and leaders across all levels of government so that they could jointly defeat the pandemic.
Most of the huge retailers, tech companies and e-commerce companies in America are a part of the Business Roundtable. Some of the major American companies whose CEOs form a part of the lobbyist group are
- General Motors
- Home Depot
Although some of the large corporations in the U.S. were hesitant to bring in a vaccine mandate, due to labor shortages, the latest plan proposed by the Biden administration has made it easier on them. Now, workers who remain unvaccinated have to undergo weekly tests.
A few companies had already asked in-person employees to be vaccinated before President Biden unveiled his plan. Some of them include
- Tyson Foods
- United Airlines.
As President Biden’s six-pronged COVID-19 action plan, revealed on Thursday, goes into effect, corporate America is also welcoming the proposal so that the nation can “unite” not only on September 11, but always. Whenever there is the requirement such as COVID-19 pandemic or any other incidents that could happen in future maybe as a result of climate change or any other major unknown, unseen upheaval that could come in the future, unity among Americans would strengthen the nation.