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Vice President Kamala Harris being interviewed virtually by "The View" co-host Joy Behar. Photo: ABC News "The View"

Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday appeared remotely on ABC's "The View" after two of the show's hosts tested positive for COVID-19 — in the middle of the show, mere minutes before Harris was set to appear.

Why it matters: Friday's interview was slated to be the Vice President's first in-studio interview since taking office.

Driving the news: "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro tested positive for breakthrough COVID-19 on Friday, they announced on air.

  • Navarro later confirmed on CNN that she tested negative twice after the initial positive that caused the chaos.
    • She added that she was still awaiting a final test to confirm whether or not she is COVID-19 positive.
  • "Sunny and Ana are strong women, and I know they're fine, but it really also does speak to the fact that they're vaccinated and vaccines really make all the difference, because otherwise we would be concerned about hospitalization," Harris said Friday.
  • "The View" co-host Joy Behar said that the Vice President worked with Secret Service to make Harris "feel safe," prompting a delay in the interview time.
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The big picture: He and his wife, Angela West, both tested positive for the virus, according to statements posted to the former Texas GOP chair's Twitter account. He wasn't vaccinated against the coronavirus, but Angela West was.

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Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.