INGLEWOOD, California (AP) – President Joe Biden spoke about the COVID-19 vaccination being safe, Prince Harry pushed for the vaccine to be spread everywhere, and Jennifer Lopez hugged her fully vaccinated mother onstage at one of the biggest concert gigs in Southern California since the pandemic turned the world upside down more than a year ago.
Celebrities and political leaders gathered on Sunday evening to discuss the importance of vaccine health during Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The taped fundraising event will air May 8 on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations.
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 performed as special guest speakers.
Everyone in the audience was completely vaccinated. Media and production workers had to show a negative COVID test before entering the stadium.
‘The vaccines are safe. I promise you. They work, ”said Biden, who was joined in a video message by First Lady Jill Biden. Both appeared as part of the “We Can Do This” initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
“We are working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and boost production to make sure every country has the vaccines they need,” the president continued. “If we get this done, we won’t have to miss a moment.”
The event was part of a growing chorus seeking a wider, more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Global Citizen said $ 53.8 million in philanthropic and business commitments contributed to obtaining nearly 10.3 million doses, surpassing the goal of the Vax Live campaign.
Prince Harry said providing vaccines around the world is imperative, especially in the poorest countries. He said he is in solidarity with India, which is experiencing a “devastating” second wave of the virus.
“The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere,” said the Duke of Sussex. He and his wife Meghan lead an effort to raise money for the COVAX vaccine exchange program, which hopes to produce $ 19 billion to pay for the vaccines for medical workers.
“We cannot rest or really recover until there is a fair distribution to every corner of the world,” he said. “The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be geographically determined.”
The event also highlighted the efforts of first responders and health workers during the pandemic. Selena Gomez, the show’s presenter, called essential and frontline workers ‘reliable’ and ‘brave’.
“Many of us had to stay at home, but you all had no choice,” said the singer. “You set an example for all of us, both in terms of how you have continued to work and in terms of getting ourselves vaccinated as soon as possible.”
With any musical performance, things seemed almost normal with people in attendance standing side by side in their seats while others danced with their masks on. Some hugged each other enthusiastically.
HER performed on a small stage outside the stadium with a group of people playing their guitars.
Before Lopez’s performance, she told the audience that she could not spend Christmas with her mother. The singer invited her fully vaccinated mother to the stage, after which the two sang their rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’.
“As I thought about which song to sing tonight, I remembered the song she sang to me as a baby,” said Lopez, who later performed her 2016 hit single ‘Ain’t Your Mama’.
Eddie Vedder said the concert was the first “taste of the life we’ve all missed” in over a year.
“This is a feeling we haven’t had in a while,” he said. ‘There is a microphone, a crowd. It feels good.”
Foo Fighters rocked AC / DC frontman Brian Johnson during a performance of the rock song “Back In Black.”
‘We’re not out of the woods yet. But let me tell you, I am a big believer and think music should be shared with people, ”said Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. “Let’s work as hard as possible to make sure we can do this every night.”
Hugh Evans, founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said he wants to keep the momentum going.
“What we were trying to emphasize is the obvious that we have to fight for equality,” he said. It’s something that doesn’t require arithmetic. It bleeds absolutely clear. “