The Duke of Sussex called for the vaccines to be “distributed to everyone everywhere” as he spoke at a celebrity charity concert in Los Angeles.
Prince harry appeared with a host of famous names from the worlds of music, film and politics at Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World – a charity performance to benefit the international COVID-19[female[feminine vaccination effort.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the event’s campaign chairs, although Meghan – who is expecting the couple’s second child – stayed at home.
Addressing the crowd of fully vaccinated guests, Harry praised frontline medical workers both at the concert and around the world.
“Tonight is a celebration for all of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the public and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” Harry said.
“You have spent the last year fighting courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You have served and sacrificed, you put yourself in danger and you have acted bravely, knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible debt. of gratitude. Thank you. “
The event to promote coronavirus vaccines was Harry’s first public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17 and his first in the United States since he and Meghan gave their Oprah Winfrey interview in March.
Hosted by Selena Gomez, the concert – which will air this Saturday – featured musical performances by Jennifer lopez, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER
the Event raised donations to Covax, which works to provide vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.
Messages on vaccine equity were also heard by guests including Ben Affleck, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Penn.
US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have also pledged to make special appearances as part of Global Citizen’s partnership with the White House’s We Can Do This initiative, which encourages measures such as the wearing masks.
Ahead of the concert, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying: “Over the past year our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle – together. Now we must recover and heal – together.
“We cannot leave anyone behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.
“We must pursue a fair distribution of vaccines and, in doing so, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission could not be more critical or more important.”