Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are meeting with some big names in New York City this week. The two spoke with Chelsea Clinton when they went to the World Health Organization's offices in the United Nations building.
“In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building,” Harry and Meghan said in a statement. “Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic. Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We’re so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part.”
The couple was also joined by other people, including Stewart Simonson, the WHO’s assistant director-general, Loyce Pace, Director of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services and Anil Soni, the WHO Foundation CEO.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, attended the get-together virtually, in addition to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and the UN’s Under-Secretary General Winnie Byanyima.
Ghebreyesus gushed over the pair's willingness to help make the world a better place. “We’re grateful to The Duke of Duchess of Sussex for working with us to bring together this critical conversation,” he said. “We are at an important crossroads for vaccinating the world. It is only with collaboration, coordination, transparency, and creative thinking that we can make it through this pandemic together.”
Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, have been vocal about getting everyone vaccinated amid the ongoing pandemic. In fact, the two will talk more about it at the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, September 25.
"Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle — together. Now we need to recover and heal — together," the pair said. "We can't leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine."