Harry and Meghan to lead Vax Live fundraising concert
Prince Harry and Meghan will serve as the campaign chairs of Global Citizen’s effort to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to medical workers in the world’s poorest countries.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’, to be taped on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and air on ABC, CBS, FOX, YouTube, and iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations on May 8, Global Citizen, the anti-poverty non-profit, announced Tuesday.
Harry and Meghan are also leading an effort to raise money for the vaccine-sharing programme COVAX, which hopes to produce US$19 billion to pay for the vaccines for medical workers.
President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris will also appear during the broadcast as part of the ‘We Can Do This’ initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will also appear at the concert, hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez.
Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R. are also set to perform at the concert, with hosts Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King and Jimmy Kimmel and actors Ben Affleck, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn and Sean Penn now also set to appear. The event is part of a growing chorus seeking wider, more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. As of April, 60 nations had still not yet received any COVID-19 vaccines, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans told The Associated Press.
“Last autumn, I called for the sharing of the doses ordered by our countries to ensure both solidarity and health security,” Macron said in a statement. “With the European vaccine-sharing mechanism via the COVAX initiative that France is inaugurating, we are in concrete solidarity in the fight against the virus, which does not care about borders. Today, I call on all my colleagues to join this momentum and make a commitment at Vax Live.”