By Lori Perkins
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle will host at a star-studded concert aimed at increasing worldwide access to Covid vaccines this Sunday to be held at the new Rams Stadium in Los Angeles and broadcast live on May 8th, for Mother’s Day.
A limited number of in-person tickets were offered to local healthcare workers and educators, who were thrilled with the opportunity to see the likes of Selena Gomez and Eddy Vedder perform, as well as hear President Joe Biden talk about the world’s vaccination program.
The internationally–beloved couple were announced as campaign chairs of the Vax Live event, organized by anti-poverty group Global Citizen. Vax Live is calling on governments to commit to vaccine equity by donating doses and resources.
"We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine," Harry and Meghan said. "We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution and, in that, restore faith in our common humanity. The mission couldn't be more critical or important.”
In their role as campaign chairs, Harry and Meghan have been encouraging the private sector to make donations to the Covax scheme, which is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and aims to ensure vaccines are shared fairly among all nations, rich and poor.
The campaign is also pushing businesses to "donate dollars for doses," and for pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines available at not-for-profit prices.
As of this writing, more than one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have now been administered worldwide. However, the virus is ravaging poorer countries such as India and Brazil. Covax hopes to make a difference in the pace of vaccine progress in different parts of the world, as currently some countries have delivered doses to a large proportion of their population and others still waiting for their first shipments to arrive.