U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said her first job was cleaning pipettes in her mother’s lab when she visited the National Health Institute headquarters for the second dose of her COVID-19 vaccine.
Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris from Chennai, was a breast cancer researcher who died of cancer in 2009. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Jamaican-American economics professor.
“When we were growing up, our mom went … we would always know mom goes to this place called Bethesda. Mom goes to Bethesda, now we live in California … My mom would go to Bethesda and of course whatever you came here for to the NIH. She was in the biochemical endocrinology department, “Ms. Harris said Tuesday during her visit to the National Health Institute (NIH) headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
Recalling her visit to her mother’s lab, the US Vice President said, “She was a peer reviewer. My mother had two goals in her life: raise her two daughters and end breast cancer. In fact, a little-known fact is that My first job was cleaning pipettes in my mother’s lab. She took us after school and on weekends. “
“And I grew up with science in a way that was taught to me by someone who had such a deep passion for a gift that scientists give us that all of its reason for being is to see why through what not The 56-year-old first vice-president said.
All her reason to be is to pursue what is possible to improve people’s lives and condition, Ms. Harris said.
“It is such a noble pursuit. And the meaning of NIH is that it is an essential function of government. It is to maintain public health. The work that is being done here has one goal: to improve public health. And the importance of doing work at NIH is not about profit, it’s about the people, “she said.
The NIH is the leading scientific research institute in the United States. Harris seemed aware of the work of the scientists in the laboratory.
“I know what you are doing. I know that you are working around the clock on these experiments that need to be checked every few hours, and you don’t care what time it is on the clock. I know the work that does You do, and the collaboration that is required. I know the work you do to review grants. Of course, some of the major scientific research has been publicly funded. That’s exactly what my mom did, she reviewed grants.
“And so I have the luxury of only being here at this moment on the fifth day of our administration, which is closing. Because you see, NIH was such a big part of my youth like this place that my mother went and was all the time.” very excited to work, “she added.
Harris, also America’s first female vice president for Black and South Asia, took over from Mike Pence on January 20.
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was given to her on December 29th.
The US is the worst hit country from COVID-19, killing more than 420,000 people in the last year. The country also has over 25,293,000 confirmed cases.
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