Kamala Harris Meets with Melinda Gates to Discuss Coronavirus Vaccines

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attends a virtual roundtable event with participants from local Black Chambers of Commerce on February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Topics discussed included the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package and how the pandemic has affected local businesses. (Photo …
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Vice President Kamala Harris met with Melinda French Gates on Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the global effort to promote access to vaccines.

The meeting took place in the vice president’s office, but was closed to the press.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates speaks during the fourth day of the Clinton Global Initiative's 10th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Melinda Gates speaks during the fourth day of the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images).

Melinda French Gates finalized her divorce with her husband Bill Gates in August, but transferred an additional $15 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation’s endowment.

She remains a trustee and co-chair of the foundation despite the divorce, but the foundation clarified in a statement in she would resign if they were unable to work together.

“I believe deeply in the foundation’s mission and remain fully committed as co-chair to its work,” she said.

The foundation issues an annual report on poverty and vaccine rates, warning in September that vaccine rates for children had fallen due to the pandemic.

French Gates is a big fan of Harris, publicly praising President Joe Biden’s choice of her as his running mate.

“Representation matters, especially when it makes history,” she wrote on social media last year, calling Biden’s announcement “a momentous step forward” for the United States.


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