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CAU hosts U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris for COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative [PHOTOS]

Khiry Clements
U.S. Vice President Kamal Harris addressing the crowd at Clark Atlanta University

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other top officials paid a visit to Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the Atlanta University Center on Friday, June 18 as part of the Department of Health and Human Services “We Can Do This Bus Tour” and to issue the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge.
Harris acknowledged Clark Atlanta’s president George T. French Jr., the presidents of other Atlanta University Center colleges, AUC students, and other special guests during the tour stop at CAU.  The Vice President issued the challenge as part of the national tour to promote vaccinations in Southern states and to reach President Biden’s set goal of getting 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4.   

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

In addition to Vice President Kamala Harris, the event featured Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and U.S. Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff. 

The COVID-19 challenge encourages colleges and universities to commit to taking three key actions to help their campus communities to get vaccinated: engaging all students, faculty, and staff members; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for everyone. Click here to see The Challenge: 3 Key Commitments from the White House.
 “It is an absolute honor to meet and welcome Vice President Kamala Harris to our beautiful campus during the “We Can Do This Bus Tour” and to accept the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. It is paramount that we support this national campaign to encourage young people and all people to get vaccinated,” said CAU President George T. French Jr. 

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U.S. Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock


According to the White House, the challenge expects to build on the program announced by President Biden on May 11th that matches certain high-enrollment community colleges with partners in the federal pharmacy program to provide vaccination opportunities to students and their communities.

Additionally, as part of the challenge, the Administration will provide resources like training sessions, toolkits, and educational material to assist colleges and universities in vaccination efforts; facilitate on-site vaccinations at schools; and launch a student corps within the COVID-19 Community Corps to recognize and activate students across the country who are taking extraordinary efforts to draw young people out to get vaccinated and engage the youth community. 

Way to go CAU Panthers and kudos to President George T. French! 

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.