Prince Harry stirred the crowd at Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” on Sunday.
The royal, who co-chaired the event alongside Meghan Markle, appeared before the crowd of fully vaccinated healthcare workers to thank them for their sacrifices throughout the pandemic and to talk about the importance of fairness in vaccines.
The event was the Duke of Sussex’s first engagement since attending the funeral of his late grandfather Prince Philip on April 17. Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, did not make an appearance in person at the ‘Vax Live’ event, but will appear in a pre-recorded segment when it airs this weekend.
“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,” the Duke said in his opening speech. to loud applause.
“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 courageously knowing the costs. We owe you immense gratitude – thank you, ”he added.
Harry spoke about vaccine misinformation and the need for immediate equity in vaccines. He referred to India, which is experiencing a “devastating” second wave of COVID-19.
“The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography,” he said. “It must be accepted as a fundamental right for all and this is our starting point.”
Harry and Meghan previously spoke of the need for everyone to ‘recover and heal’ together in a statement announcing their involvement in the event last week.
“We must pursue a fair distribution of vaccines and, in this, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission could not be more critical or more important, ”they said in a joint statement.
The concert, which was recorded this weekend, will air next Saturday. It has featured guest appearances from host Selena Gomez, Chrissy Teigen, President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel and more. Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, HER and the Foo Fighters performed at the event.
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