Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Co-Chair COVID-19 Distribution Fundraising Concert
“The couple will make an appearance at Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. The concert is being taped at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and air on ABC, CBS, Fox, YouTube and iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations on May 8.
The concert will be hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez. Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R. are also set to perform, 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.
Prince Harry and Markle are also leading an effort to raise money for the vaccine-sharing program COVAX, which hopes to produce $19 billion to pay for the vaccines for medical workers.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to appear during the broadcast. They are part of the “We Can Do This” initiative whose goal is to increase confidence in the vaccine. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Croatian Prime Andrej Minister Plenković will also appear at the concert.
As of April, 60 nations had still not yet received any COVID-19 vaccines, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said. This concert is one part of the effort to bring vaccines to countries that are severely lacking.
“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.”