PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX, ANNOUNCED AS CAMPAIGN CHAIRS OF GLOBAL CITIZEN’S “VAX LIVE: THE CONCERT TO REUNITE THE WORLD”
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, FIRST LADY DR JILL BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS WILL MAKE A FEATURED APPEARANCE AS PART OF THE “WE CAN DO THIS” NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO INCREASE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN AND UPTAKE OF COVID-19 VACCINES
LINE-UP GROWS TO INCLUDE BEN AFFLECK, CHRISSY TEIGEN, DAVID LETTERMAN, GAYLE KING, JIMMY KIMMEL, NOMZAMO MBATHA, OLIVIA MUNN, & SEAN PENN
Hosted by Selena Gomez with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, & H.E.R., VAX LIVE will be taped before an audience of vaccinated frontline healthcare & essential workers at SoFi Stadium; Airing on Sunday May 9th AEST
Additional featured appearances from President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia
Over $11 million funded by Cisco, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Analog Devices Foundation and an anonymous Swiss Foundation to purchase an estimated 2.3 million vaccine doses; over 7.5 million doses committed from Spain as part of the VAX LIVE campaign
The VAX LIVE campaign is calling on businesses to donate dollars for doses, G7 governments to share excess doses immediately, and for pharma companies including Moderna to make vaccines available at not-for-profit prices.
International advocacy organization Global Citizen has revealed additions to VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, their live event on May 2 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The event will air and livestream in Australia at 10:00AM Sunday, May 9 AEST on YouTube.
As the first large-scale music event for a COVID-compliant audience composed of fully-vaccinated frontline healthcare and essential workers, VAX LIVE calls for new commitments from governments, the private sector, and philanthropists toward the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
Among today’s line-up additions:
Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are serving as Campaign Chairs of VAX LIVE and will be delivering an important global message for vaccine equity during the event. To help ensure equitable access to the vaccine, they’ve also been leading a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds for the vaccine-sharing program COVAX.
Global Citizen is proud to announce a special appearance by President Biden, First Lady Dr Biden and Vice President Harris as part of Global Citizen’s partnership with the White House’s “We Can Do This” initiative to increase public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures, such as mask wearing and social distancing. Additionally, President Macron of France, Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada, and Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia will make appearances.
Multi-platinum recording artist, actress and producer, Selena Gomez, as host, and musical headliners, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. will be joined by Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn, and Sean Penn.
The Vax Live campaign is calling on businesses to donate dollars for doses via COVAX, wealthy governments to share excess doses immediately with COVAX, and for pharmaceutical companies like Moderna to make vaccines available at not-for-profit prices.
As part of VAX LIVE, Global Citizen is campaigning to support the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative – including COVAX – a vaccine-sharing program co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. During the special, Global Citizen will call on governments asking them to pledge a total of $19 billion, the outstanding balance needed by the ACT-A to get 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses plus tests and treatments to the world’s poorest countries by the end of 2021.
“Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle—together. Now we need to recover and heal—together. We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine. We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important,” said Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Campaign Chairs of Vax Live.
Global Citizen has continued to be at the forefront of the fight to end COVID-19. Last year, together with Lady Gaga, One World: Together: At Home mobilized over $127,9 million in support of healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and during Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, Global Citizen and the European Commission, secured $1.5 billion in cash grants and $5.4 billion in loans as well as the necessary political support to ensure everyone, everywhere would have access to COVID-19 testing, treatments and vaccines.
For more information about VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, visit globalcitizen.org/vaxlive and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.