MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:58:27 +0000 Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on vaccine mandates http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/7884c93e85c742cfac9af608131e2d42 President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. (Sept. 15) 7884c93e85c742cfac9af608131e2d42 Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:44:27 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOL Washington, DC - 15 September 20211. Wide U.S. President Joe Biden holds meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the coronavirus response in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building LibraryANNOTATION: Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on vaccine mandates2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President: "The Labor Department is working on emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated and regularly tested. And it's going to take a little bit for them to put those requirements in place under the law."++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President: "The vaccine requirements work, and more companies are instituting them, even at Fox News they require it and I'm not being facetious when I say that, but it's interesting that they've stepped forward and done that as well. And the group I'm meeting with here today is leading the way." ++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President: "It's about beating the virus and it's about saving lives. That's what this is all about. And here's what Wall Street's had to say recently. Goldman Sachs, 'vaccinations will have positive impact on unemployment, means less spread of COVID, which will help people return to work.' And Moody's, 'vaccinations mean fewer infections, hospitalizations and deaths. And in turn, it means a stronger economy.' And I thank everyone. Thank everyone for joining me today. I look forward to working together to beat this pandemic and keep our economy growing and growing strong. So, thank you all for being here and thank you."(Reporter: "Mr. President, did General Milley do the right thing...?")"I have great confidence in General Milley."++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. The White House meeting comes less than a week after Biden said that the Labor Department is working to require businesses with 100 or more employees to order those workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show a negative test result at least weekly.Some 80 million workers would be subject to the requirement, Biden said. The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working to issue an emergency rule to implement the requirement in the coming weeks. Biden said it would "take a little while" for the agency to put the new requirement "on the wall" alongside other health and safety policies, but noted that employer moves toward mandates are already moving to improve the nation's laggard vaccination rate. His administration hopes that the announcement of the rule-making will jumpstart the business community's embrace of vaccinate-or-test requirements even before the OSHA rule is implemented.Biden noted that Fox News, many of whose hosts have sharply criticized his policy, has required its employees to report their vaccination status and is moving to require testing for its unvaccinated staffers.Just over half, or 54%, of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Biden announced the new requirements and several other steps last Thursday as part of a tougher effort by the administration to curb the surging delta variant of the coronavirus, which is responsible for surge in U.S. infections, hospitalizations and deaths. He also sharply criticized the tens of millions of people who remain unvaccinated, despite the fact that the shots are free of charge and widely available. The business leaders and CEOs Biden met with at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex, either have put in place vaccine requirements or are working to implement such rules, the White House said.Some business groups, including the Business Roundtable, welcomed the president's announcement, while some Republicans accused Biden of overstepping his authority and have threatened to sue the administration over the vaccine mandate.Numerous corporations, including Amtrak, Microsoft, United Airlines and Walt Disney issued vaccine mandates for their workforces before Biden's announcement last week.Meanwhile Biden was asked by a reporter whether General Mark Milley had done the right thing after it was revealed the top U.S. military officer made phone calls to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump's presidency. Milley says the conversations were intended to convey “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were in line with his responsibilities as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Some in Congress accused Gen. Mark Milley of having overstepped his authority and urged President Joe Biden to fire him, but Biden indicated Wednesday he stands behind Milley.“I have great confidence in Gen. Milley,” Biden said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. President Joe Biden met Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders, to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. (Sept. 15) Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on vaccine mandates