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CEOs discuss working with the government in 2021

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Good Morning.

Around 100 CEOs attended the capital The CEO Initiative virtual meeting yesterday focused on priorities for doing business with the government for the coming year. Most of the discussion was confidential. However, the session started with some notes on important issues. Some excerpts:

To fight the coronavirus:

“Right now the results are great for most of these new variants … We don’t think it will affect the performance of the vaccine. A variant (possibly) likely to occur that escapes vaccination protection. Therefore, we are currently investing a lot of time in the monitoring network, which detects very quickly when and whether we have a problem, and then very quickly creates a booster with which we can also cover this new variant. “
– Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer

“We have built the capacity to deliver up to 25 million vaccines per month in our retail pharmacies. Hopefully during this June through July period we will vaccinate a sufficient number of Americans to talk about herd immunity. “
– Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS

To combat climate change:

“I think we’ll look back and see ’21-22′ as a turning point that has allowed us to push the mass adoption of electric vehicles. Only today did we announce our plans would be.” climate neutral by 2040and that we want to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light commercial vehicles by 2035. “
– Mary Barra, CEO, GM

“2021 looks like a historic year in many ways. On the climate issue … we have definitely shifted the dialogue from the “why” and are now fully concentrating on the “how”. “
– Jesus Brodin, CEO of IKEA

“After all these years of trying to promote corporate social and environmental responsibility, and despite endless different initiatives, it has been difficult to raise awareness, the dams seem suddenly to burst and people are really interested in it now In particular, if I may say so, many more investors, many more shareholders. And of course, as many of you know all too well, you have many younger employees who take these issues very seriously. “
– His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

For technical regulation:

“You may have heard Twitter and FacebookWe banned a president. And there are many concerns that we shouldn’t have the power to do this. And we share this concern. We have long been calling for content regulation, legislation, guidelines, etc., nationally or internationally, etc. And I think this experience shows very clearly how much this legislation is needed. ”
– Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

More news below. And look at you earlier Walmart Managing Director Leslie Dach capital comment The ban on corporate PAC contributions to “Republican members who have tried to undermine our democracy” should continue “until those members can next be re-elected. In a nation shaped by misinformation and moral equality, the business world can be a voice for facts and truth. “

Alan Murray
@ Alansmurray

alan.murray@fortune.com

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