International Business Machines (IBM) Corp said on Friday that due the rapid spread of the Delta variant, only fully vaccinated U.S. employees would be allowed to return back to their office. The comes just weeks before the company is set to reopen offices starting September 7th.
“We will still open many of our U.S. sites, where local clinical conditions allow, the week of Sept. 7. However, the reopenings will only be for fully vaccinated employees who choose to come into the office,” Chief Human Resources Officer Nickle LaMoreaux said in a memo sent to employees.
Just one week later, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will require proof of vaccination starting on September 13th. This comes with the announcement of city wide vaccine mandates happening throughout NYC.
The History of IBM
After IBM’s CEO, Thomas Watson, traveled to Germany, and met with Adolf Hitler multiple times and was commissioned to build the counting machines that would be used by Hitler during the Holocaust.
IBM’s CEO, Watson, received a percentage of every Reich transaction and in 1937 was even honored by Hitler in Berlin at a grandiose award ceremony.
A Modern Apology
“We are a technology company, we are not historians,”
This was IBM’s official and only apology for their involvement in the creation of concentration camps. In 2014, spokeswoman Carol Malkovich stated, “hundreds of U.S. companies”, including IBM “had started losing control of its business in Germany beginning with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933.” though few catered to the explicit needs of Adolf Hilter.
Read more official documentation in IBM & The Holocaust by Edwin Black.
Now, in 2021, that same corporation mandates vaccinations for its workers. Is there a financial incentive for IBM to encourage more people to get the coronavirus vaccine?
“Moderna is committed to working with a coalition of partners to increase education and awareness of the importance of vaccination to help defeat COVID-19,” said Michael Mullette, VP, Managing Director North America Commercial Operations of Moderna. “We look forward to working with IBM to apply digital innovations to build connections between organizations, governments, and individuals to instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.”
“If ever there was a time to rally around open technology and collaboration, it’s now,” said Jason Kelley, Managing Partner, Global Strategic Alliances Leader for IBM. “As governments, pharmacy chains, healthcare providers and life sciences companies continue to scale and connect their tools, and as new players enter the supply chain, open technology can help drive more transparency and bolster trust, while helping to ensure accessibility and equity in the process.”