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Harry, 36, who is expecting his second child, a girl, with his wife this summer, is appearing on Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The concert for the unification of the world on Sunday. This marks his first appearance in the United States after the funeral of his late grandfather Philip and the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, broadcast in March.
“Hello everyone. We are at a crucial moment in the global fight against COVID-19. Tonight is a celebration for each of you here, the vaccinated frontline employees in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” he said. “You spent the last year in battle bravely and unselfishly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, you put yourself in danger and with courage, knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.
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“But we are also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity. The vaccine must be spread to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover as long as there is A fair distribution in every corner of the Mission before us is one that we cannot afford to fail at, and that is what is at stake tonight: the virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. as a fundamental right to everything and that is our starting point, “Harry continued.
“None of us should be pleased to think that we could feel good when so many others are suffering. In fact, and especially in this pandemic, when someone is suffering, we are all suffering. We need to look beyond ourselves. with empathy and compassion for those we know and those we do not.We must elevate all humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind.What we do at this time will remain in history and tonight we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India struggling with a devastating second wave, “he concluded.
Harry and Megan, 39, serve as campaign chairmen for VAX Live, “which aims to instill confidence in vaccines worldwide and help get COVID-19 vaccines for everyone, everywhere,” a Global Citizen statement said.
Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The concert for the unification of the world, which will host Selena Gomez, will feature performances by President Joe Biden along with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gail King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbata, Olivia M and Sean Penn.
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“Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle – together. Now we need to recover and heal – together,” Megan and Harry said in a previous statement. “We can’t leave anyone behind. We will all benefit, we will be safer when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.”
They continued: “We must strive for the fair distribution of vaccines and to restore faith in our common humanity. The mission could not be more critical or important.”
The event was recorded on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on May 8.
Harry recently returned to California after traveling to Britain to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17. Megan and their son Archie, who turns 2 on May 6, did not make the trip across the lake.
“Megan talked to Harry before his grandfather’s funeral,” a PEOPLE source said. “Megan and Archie also talked to the queen.”
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