Prince Harry calls for a fair distribution of Covid vaccines

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The Duke of Sussex made his first public appearance since the funeral of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a charity concert in Los Angeles to promote the equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the world.

Prince Harry urged people to “look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion” during a speech at Vax Live, hosted by Global Citizen at the SoFi Stadium to an audience of vaccinated guests.

Harry, appearing without the Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting their second child, praised the world’s frontline medical workers at the concert, which featured a host of famous names from music, film and politics .

He pleaded for vaccines to be distributed to everyone, everywhere.

“Tonight we celebrate each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the public and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” he said.

“You have spent the past year bravely and selflessly fighting to protect us all. You have served and sacrificed, you put yourself in danger and acted bravely, knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible debt of gratitude. Thank you. “

It was Harry’s first public appearance in the United States since his explosive interview with Meghan with Oprah Winfrey in March. He and Meghan are campaign chairs for the Vax Live event, which was hosted by Selena Gomez and featured musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER.

The event raised 38.3 million pounds ($ 53.8 million) for Covax, which works to provide vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. US President Joe Biden and Pope Francis were among the dignitaries to send messages of support.

Messages on vaccine equity were heard by guests including Ben Affleck, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Penn.

President Biden said in a video speech that the United States is “working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and boost production to ensure that every country has the vaccines it needs.”

Global Citizen Co-Founder and CEO Hugh Evans said: “Global Citizen initially sought to secure enough funding from philanthropists, the private sector and governments to purchase 10 million doses of vaccine as part of our campaign. . Thanks to the incredible work of our hosts, campaign chairs and the actions of citizens around the world, I am proud that tonight we have already surpassed our target, securing sufficient funding for 10.3 million doses.

“And the momentum is only growing. Additional engagements are underway and will be announced as part of our global release on May 8. We absolutely need to see the US and UK step up and start sharing extra doses, and we need pharmaceutical companies like Moderna to urgently deliver millions of doses of Covax to poorer countries. at non-profit prices. ”

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