Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are once again teaming up with Global Citizen to encourage vaccine distribution to the countries that need it most.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to appear at the Global Citizen Live held at Central Park on September 25. The couple will use their time on stage at the annual music festival to call for the European Union and G7 to work together to immediately donate at least one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to those places in the world still struggling most with the pandemic. This has long been a cause close to the royals’ hearts.
Back in May, Harry made his first public appearance after returning to America following Prince Philip’s funeral at the Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. During that event, the Duke also made the case for global vaccine equity and spoke about his work raising funds amongst the private sector for the vaccine-sharing program, COVAX. “We’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity,” he said during his pre-taped speech. “The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world. The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that’s what tonight is about. The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.”
He concluded, “None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer. We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind. What we do in this moment will stand in history and tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave.”
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