MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry say the world must “recover and heal together” from the Covid crisis as they vow to lead a global jabs roll-out.
The royal couple announced today they’ll join A-listers Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez at a coronavirus concert to “reunite the world”.
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Harry and Meghan say they will be leading a worldwide effort to supply the Covid jab to countries across the globe
The celebs are among a host of big names taking part in the Vax Live show on May 8.
The pair will “deliver an important message for vaccine equity” during the show, which will be broadcast around the world on May 8.
It comes as:
Harry and Meghan will rub shoulders with stars including the Foo Fighters at the concert, which will be hosted by Selena Gomez.
The couple have been recruited as ‘campaign chairs’ for the effort.
In their statement, they said they’ve been “leading a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds” for WHO programme Covax, which aims to supply all countries with the jab.
And they said: “Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle – together.
“Now we need to recover and heal – together. We can’t leave anybody behind.
“We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.
We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity.
“This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”
The royal pair are approaching private companies to encourage them to support WHO initiative Covax as part of Vax Live, they saidCredit: AP
Show Vax Live, hosted by Selena Gomez, will be screened across the world in MayCredit: Instagram
President Joe Biden is set to attendCredit: AP
The Duke and Duchess have been involved in a range of charity initiatives since leaving the UK.
However, Vax Live will be the most glamorous yet. It’ll be attended by US president Joe Biden, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Businesses including Coca-Cola have already pledged $115.million to fund the purchase of 2.3million vaccines for health workers.
Meanwhile, Spain announced the donation of an estimated 7.5m vaccine doses as soon as 50 per cent of its population is vaccinated, and France will begin to share doses with health workers across Africa.
Despite Mr Trudeau’s appearance at the concert, Canada was heavily criticised in February for taking vaccines from Covax.
The country’s International Development Minister Karina Gould told CBS News: “Our top priority is to ensure Canadians have access to vaccines.”
Mr Biden, on the other hand, announced during that same month that he will plough $2billion into the scheme.
Vax Live will be streamed at 8pm in the US on ABC, CBS and YouTube.
Covax aims to funnel vaccine supplies and technology to lower or middle income countriesCredit: Reuters
India has just 10 per cent of its population vaccinated – and is battling a horror surge in cases and deathsCredit: AFP