Los Angeles (AFP)
Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop royalty, including Jennifer Lopez, at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles on Sunday to call for faster and more consistent vaccinations globally, as he expressed his support for the India during its devastating Covid epidemic.
“Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” featured video messages from Pope and President Joe Biden and in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.
The show will air on television and YouTube on May 8, after being pre-recorded in front of thousands of fully vaccinated spectators on Sunday at a sprawling California stadium.
“Tonight we stand in solidarity with millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave,” said Prince Harry, who was greeted with a standing ovation.
“The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography,” added Harry, making his first in-person appearance at a major public event in California since moving to the United States. last year with his wife Meghan Markle, who did not appear.
The concert hosted by Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, aims to tackle vaccine misinformation while calling on leaders and businesses around the world to take action and donate.
Thousands of spectators gathered inside the Los Angeles giant, recently completed SoFi Stadium for the first time. Most of the participants were frontline medical workers, many of whom were dressed in nurse’s and doctor’s uniforms.
Selena Gomez hosted the debates, calling for “doses and dollars” to go to the world’s poorest countries even as California and parts of the West emerge from long lockdowns thanks to massive advances in inoculation.
A glittering J-Lo told fans she was forced to spend Christmas without her mother for the first time due to the pandemic – before bringing Matriarch Lopez to an elaborate prairie-themed stage for a chant of “Sweet Caroline”.
The Foo Fighters were joined by surprise guest Brian Johnson of AC / DC for a performance of “Back in Black”.
“We’re not out of the woods yet… let’s work as hard as we can to make sure we can make it,” every night, said leader Dave Grohl.
In pre-recorded messages, President Biden said he was “working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and increase production” while Pope Francis said: “Please remember the most vulnerable “.
Other video messages came from Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Prince Harry, who casually walked up to the large circular stage in the middle of the arena dressed in a blue shirt, described the online misinformation about vaccines as a “worsening humanitarian crisis”.
The concert will air on YouTube with US television stations ABC and CBS on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET (midnight GMT). It will also be broadcast internationally on Globo in Brazil, Caracol in Colombia, SABC in South Africa and MultiChoice in Africa.
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