PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle will attend a star-studded covid concert aimed at increasing access to vaccines.
It has been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are campaign chairs of the Vax Live event. The objective of the event is increasing access to Covid vaccines, it has been organised by anti-poverty group Global Citizen and is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The star-studded event will be hosted by singer Selena Gomez and other well known people in attendance will be US President Joe Biden, Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. It will be recorded on Sunday at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and broadcast on 8 May.
Mr Biden, his wife Jill and Vice-President Kamala Harris will promote the “We Can Do This” initiative, which aims to increase confidence in Covid vaccines.
There will also be appearances from French President Emmanuel Macron, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Harry and Meghan said: “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. The mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”
Vax Live is urging governments to commit to vaccine equity by donating resources and doses.
In their role as campaign chairs, Harry and Meghan are urging the private sector to make donations to the Covax scheme. The scheme’s objective is to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly among other nations, no matter whether they are rich or poor.
The campaign is also encouraging businesses to “donate dollars for doses”, and for pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines available at not-for-profit prices.
There has now been more than one billion doses of Covid vaccines administered globally. However, there is a huge difference in the pace of progress in various parts of the world, with some countries delivering doses of a high proportion and other still waiting on their first shipments to arrive.