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Pres. Yoon Suk-yeol and Bill Gates sit together discussing vaccine development and further cooperation Updated: 2022-08-17 09:28:03 KST

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President Yoon Suk-yeol met with Bill Gates on Tuesday here in Seoul to reaffirm commitment to global well-being.
Gates for his part called on South Korea to lead efforts to ensure health protection beyond the current pandemic.
Our Political Correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung has more.

President Yoon Suk-yeol and Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday sat down to discuss ways to strengthen ties between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and South Korea.
After saying how glad they both were to see each other in person following phone talks in June, Yoon said he hopes the COVID-19 vaccine developed by South Korea's SK Bioscience could be readily used to protect people in developing countries.
To that, Gates talked about how excellent a partner SK has been in making the country's very first COVID-19 vaccine, and added he expects further cooperation with the country.

"On behalf of the South Korean government, we would like to establish a strong, cooperative relationship with your foundation so that our country can contribute to improving the health of people around the world while continuing to develop advanced bio-health techniques."

"And the growing partnership with South Korea both as you grow your aid budget in a generous way but also as you're developing through the universities and the non-profits and the companies here with great new capabilities - it's a strong match with the goals of the Gates Foundation."

Meanwhile, earlier on the same day, Gates visited South Korea's National Assembly his first visit there in nine years.
There, he urged Seoul to take an active role in enhancing global health security after holding talks with speaker Kim Jin-pyo for around 40 minutes.
He complimented South Korea's work of transforming a post-war economy into a powerhouse in a very short time, now giving aid to other countries for them to go on the same journey of progress.

While calling it "fantastic" how South Korea is taking part in implementing multilateral global health initiatives, such as its commitment in COVAX, Gates said the country is ready to be a leader in improving global health.

"Korea is poised to be a leader in this work not only it can raise generosity to match being one of the top ten in the world, you also have particular strengths, incredible vaccine manufacturing, incredible diagnostic manufacturing, R&D capabilities, diagnostic capabilities,"

"The billionaire philanthropist urged South Korea not only to play an active role in tackling COVID-19, but also to work with the foundation to eradicate other health issues faced by people around the world.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News."
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