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Kamala Harris, Bill Clinton to discuss ’empowering women and girls’ at conference

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On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris will take part in a conversation about “empowering women and girls” with former President Bill Clinton, whom numerous women have accused of sexual misconduct.

The chat will occur during the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, which is being held in partnership with Howard University, Harris’s alma mater.

The Clinton Foundation announced on Tuesday that this year’s meeting will feature: “A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.”

The one-on-one discussion is set to commence at 3:25 p.m. (Eastern).

Former President Clinton was infamously impeached but eventually acquitted over lying under oath about having a sexual relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Over the decades, other women have accused the Arkansas Democrat of sexual misconduct.

On top of that, the former president’s longtime friendship with the deceased financier — and convicted sex offender — Jeffrey Epstein has drawn more scrutiny.

Moreover, according to the Clinton Foundation, the virtual meeting will “bring together 600 students from across the world who have made Commitments to Act — new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges.”

This year’s event, having already started on Tuesday, will run up through Friday. It is being hosted by former President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Howard University.

According to the Clinton Foundation, the event will also discuss subjects such as faith in democracy, environmental justice, COVID-19 recovery, and creating systemic change.

Also due to appear at the meeting are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), among others.

RELATED: Cuomo accuser says Hillary Clinton not her ‘hero’ anymore after her response to sexual harassment claims

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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