INGLOOD, Calif. (AP) – President Joe Biden spoke about the COVID-19 vaccination, Prince Harry insisted on spreading the vaccine everywhere, and Jennifer Lopez hugged her fully vaccinated mother on stage during one of the biggest concerts in Southern California since the pandemic shook the world more than a year ago.
Celebrities and political leaders gathered Sunday night to talk about the importance of vaccine justice in Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The recorded fundraising event will be broadcast 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 fully vaccinated. Media and production staff had to show a negative COVID test before entering the stadium.
“Vaccines are safe. I promise you. They work, “said Biden, who was accompanied by a video message from First Lady Jill Biden. Both emerged as part of the We Can Do This initiative to increase confidence in COVID-1
“We are working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and increase production to make sure every country has the vaccines it needs,” he said. “If we do that, we won’t have to miss another moment.”
The event was part of a growing choir seeking a wider, fairer distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Global Citizen said $ 53.8 million in charitable and corporate commitments helped deliver nearly 10.3 million doses, exceeding the Vax Live campaign target.
Prince Harry said the provision of vaccines around the world was imperative, especially in the poorest countries. He said he was in solidarity with India, which was experiencing a “devastating” second wave of the virus.
“The vaccine must be spread to everyone everywhere,” said the Duke of Sussex. He and his wife, Megan, are working to raise money for the COVAX vaccine sharing program, which hopes to produce $ 19 billion to pay for vaccines for health workers.
“We can’t really rest or recover as long as there is a fair distribution in all parts of the world,” he said. “The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined geographically.”
The event also highlighted the efforts of first responders and health workers during the pandemic. The host of the show, Selena Gomez, called the front-line workers both “reliable” and “brave”.
“A lot of us had to stay home, but you all had no choice,” the singer said. “You set an example for all of us, both in how you stayed at work and that we need to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Each musical performance made things look almost normal, with those present sitting side by side in their seats while others danced in masks. Some hugged enthusiastically.
HER performed on a small stage in front of the stadium with a group of people playing their guitars.
Before Lopez’s performance, she told the audience that she was unable to spend Christmas with her mother. The singer continued to invite her fully vaccinated mother to the stage, after which the two sang their performance of “Neil Diamond” “Sweet Caroline”.
“When I was thinking about what song to sing tonight, I remembered the song she sang to me as a baby,” said Lopez, who later performed her hit single “Ain’t Your Mama.”
Eddie Vedder said the concert was the first “taste of life we all miss” in more than a year.
“We haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” he said. “There’s a microphone, a crowd. It feels good. “
Foo Fighters shook AC / DC frontman Brian Johnson during the performance of the rock anthem “Back In Black”.
“We are not out of the forest yet. But let me tell you, I’m a strong believer and I think music should be shared with people, “said Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. “Let’s work hard to make sure we can do this every night.”
Hugh Evans, founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said he wanted to maintain momentum.
“What we were trying to emphasize is the obvious that we have to fight for justice,” he said. “This is something that should not require arithmetic. This is absolutely obvious bleeding. “