Biden praises Southwest one day after CEO says he ‘forced’ vaccine mandate on company

President Joe Biden offered praise for the efforts of Southwest Airlines in combatting Covid-19 misinformation during a national address, just one day after the company’s CEO appeared to rebuke the president for implementing a vaccination mandate on businesses with more than 100 employees.

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Mr Biden addressed the state of efforts to battle Covid-19 around the country and explained that some companies and other private organisations were “stepping up” to fight misinformation.

“Southwest Airlines ... the head of the pilots’ union and its CEO dismissed critics who claim vaccination mandates contributed to flight disruptions,” Mr Biden said.

His remarks came despite comments from Southwest CEO Greg Kelly on CNBC addressing a wave of flight disruptions that peaked this Sunday, with the company being forced to cancel just under a third of its flights across the US.

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