The meeting was held amid increased concerns regarding the Delta variant of the corona virus
Melinda French Gates will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday morning to discuss the world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as concerns grow over the highly contagious Delta variant.
The vice president’s office announced that the two would meet at the White House at 9:30 a.m., but offered few details beyond that.
To date, approx 230 million coronavirus cases Worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, French Gates is working to help the world overcome the unprecedented challenges brought on by COVID-19.
To date, the private foundation has committed “more than a billion dollars to fund the research, development, and equitable distribution of life-saving equipment in the global effort against COVID-19.”
The Foundation has repeatedly emphasized the importance of providing COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
“We believe the world will get better in 2021, but whether it gets better for all depends on the actions of world leaders and their commitment to delivering tests, treatments and vaccines to those who need them.” No matter where they live or how much money they have,” French Gates said earlier.
French Gates remains committed to the effort, despite her divorce from Bill Gates earlier this year after 27 years of marriage.
French Gates has also been a supporter of Harris, tweeting about the future vice president after being named Joe Biden’s running mate in August 2020.
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“Representation matters, especially when it makes history,” tweeted French Gates. “Today’s announcement of @KamalaHarris as the first black female vice-presidential candidate from a major party is a significant step forward for our country and all of us.”