Biden to Consult with Disney’s Bob Chapek, Other CEOs on Vaccine Mandate
As the country battles yet another wave of COVID-19 brought on by the Delta variant, and with the ever-present danger of another mutation possibly cropping up that is even worse, the time to end the pandemic is now. President Joe Biden has been considering a vaccine mandate for workers. The mandate would enact a requirement for employees of all companies with over 100 workers to either vaccinate against COVID-19 or get tested weekly. This mandate would affect over 80 million Americans.
President Biden will be meeting with the CEOs today at 1:30 p.m. ET. In addition to Chapek, other executives invited to the discussion with Biden include Greg Adams, Chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Josh Bolten, President and CEO of Business Roundtable; Roz Brewer, CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance; Tim Boyle, President and CEO of Columbia Sportswear; Molly Moon Neitzel, Founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream; and William Tate IV, President of Louisiana State University.
Vaccine mandates are no new territory for America, nor is the pushback from the public, as the current mandate is receiving. General George Washington ordered variolation (not a vaccine, but an early form of preventive treatment before the development of germ theory) for his troops to protect against smallpox in 1777. With the development of a formal smallpox vaccine many years later, it was suggested that a vaccine mandate be instated to quash the virus, and protests ensued. Responding to these protests, the Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that a vaccine mandate is constitutional, and it was upheld again in 1914 in a separate case on “general welfare” of the public over individual choice.
By 1952, smallpox had been eradicated in the US and by 1979, it had been eradicated from the world, according to the CDC.
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