UPDATE 1-Rocket builder United Launch Alliance to mandate COVID-19 vaccines from Sept. 1

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Aug 19 (Reuters) - Rocket builder United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, said on Thursday it would mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all its employees beginning Sept. 1.

Major U.S. companies are now requiring compulsory vaccinations against the coronavirus in light of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant and the new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every facet of life over the past 18 months. To ensure the health and safety of our employees, beginning September 1, 2021 ULA will require the COVID vaccination as a condition of employment,” a ULA spokeswoman said in a statement.

Chief Executive Tory Bruno said the recent increase in cases among teammates was beginning to weigh on schedules and negatively impact the company's ability to meet commitments to customers, according to an earlier report here by CNBC, citing a company-wide email. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)