Rebuffing Texas governor, American Airlines, Southwest stand by vaccine mandate

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By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Sanjana Shivdas CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rebuffing the Texas governor, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said on Tuesday they would comply with U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order to require their employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 by a Dec. 8 deadline. The two Texas-based carriers said the federal mandate superseded an order by Republican Governor Greg Abbott barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers. Southwest said it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” Am…

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