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Prince Harry stands in solidarity with India as a stellar campaign for vaccine equality at the Vax Live event

INGLEWOOD: US President Joe Biden spoke about the safe vaccination of COVID-19, Prince Harry insisted on the distribution of vaccines everywhere and Jennifer Lopez embraced her fully vaccinated mother on stage during one of the biggest concert gatherings in Southern California since the pandemic world more than a year ago. Celebrities and political leaders gathered Sunday night to discuss the importance of vaccine equity at Global Citizen’s ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’ at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The recorded fundraising event will air on May 8 on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia. The concert included performances by Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn and David Letterman appeared as special guest speakers. Everyone in the audience was completely vaccinated. Media and production staff had to show a negative COVID test before entering the stadium. ‘The vaccines are safe. I promise you. They work, ”said Biden, who was accompanied by first lady Jill Biden in a video message. Both appear as part of the ‘We Can Do This’ initiative to boost confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. “We are working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and promote production to make sure each country has the vaccines they need,” the president continued. “If we do, we will not miss a moment.” The event was part of a growing chorus looking for a wider, fairer distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Global Citizen said $ 53.8 million (Dh197.6 million) in philanthropic and corporate commitments helped raise nearly 10.3 million doses, surpassing the goal for the Vax Live campaign. Prince Harry said it was important to provide vaccines around the world, especially in the poorest countries. He said he had solidarity with India, which was experiencing a “devastating” second wave of the virus.

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“The vaccine must be distributed everywhere to everyone,” the Duke of Sussex said. He and his wife Meghan are making an effort to raise money for the COVAX vaccination program, which hopes to produce $ 19 billion to pay for the vaccinations for medical workers. “We can not rest or really recover until there is fair distribution in every corner of the world,” he said. “The virus does not respect boundaries and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography.” The event also drew attention to the efforts of first responders and health workers during the pandemic. Selena Gomez, the presenter of the program, calls essential and frontline workers ‘reliable’ and ‘brave’. “Many of us had to stay home, but you did not have a choice,” the singer said. “You set an example for all of us, both about how you stayed at work and that we should vaccinate as soon as possible.” Each music performance made things look almost normal with participants standing side by side on their seats while others danced with their masks. Some embraced each other with enthusiasm. HER performed on a small stage outside the stadium with a group of people playing their guitars. Before Lopez’s performance, she told the audience that she could not spend Christmas with her mother. The singer invited her fully vaccinated mother on stage, and then the two sang their version of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’. “When I thought about what song I had to sing tonight, I remember the song she sang to me as a baby,” said Lopez, who later performed her hit single ‘Ain’t Your Mama’ in 2016. Eddie Vedder said the concert has been the first “taste of life we ​​all miss” for over a year. “It’s a feeling we’ve not had for some time, ‘he said. ‘There’s a microphone, a crowd. It feels good. “ Foo Fighters continued with Brian Johnson, chairman of AC / DC, during the performance of the rock song ‘Back In Black’. “We are not out of the woods yet. But I can tell you: I firmly believe that music should be shared with people, ”said Dave Grohl, lead singer of Foo Fighters. “Let’s work as hard as we can to make sure we can do it every night.” Hugh Evans, founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said he wanted to keep the momentum going. “What we are trying to highlight is the obvious fact that we have to fight for equity,” he said. ‘This is something that should not require accounting. It absolutely blooms. ”