United States President Joe Biden speaks about the 50 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in the United States during a landmark event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC on February 25, 2021.
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White House officials will unveil a new partnership between the administration and business leaders on Friday to help with the national response to Covid-19 and the introduction of vaccines, a senior administration official told CNBC.
The partnership will include the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, and leaders from Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American and other minority companies, the official said.
The purpose of the partnership, according to the official, is to encourage businesses of all sizes to “promote public health policies to remove barriers to vaccination for employees and public health reporting on masking and vaccinations for their customers and employees.” Improving communities. “The New York Times previously reported on the partnership.
Outside of the partnership, Walgreens and Uber are starting a pilot program to offer pharmacies free rides to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Other companies like Dollar General, Best Buy, and Target have announced that they will provide paid time off to compensate their employees for the vaccine.
The White House, with its new business partners, will urge more companies to do the same, the official said.
“In the coming weeks, the Biden administration will work with these groups to provide companies with toolkits and best practices for Covid-19 that companies can use to provide accurate and up-to-date information to their employees and customers,” the official said. “Together, these organizations will reach out to millions of businesses and tens of millions of employees to fuel efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.”
The administration will also highlight the different ways companies are working in responding to Covid-19, the official said. Administrative officials are expected to discuss the initiative in more detail at the White House Covid-19 briefing at 11 a.m. ET.