Prince Harry calls for COVID vaccine to be ‘equitably’ distributed across the world in appearance at VaxLive concert after he and Meghan backed Biden move to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries
- Vax Live charity concert was held at LA’s So-Fi Stadium last Sunday
- The special concert – which celebrates healthcare workers and advocates for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution – aired on US TV Saturday night
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Vax Live campaign chairs
- Earlier this week, the couple marked son Archie’s second birthday by asking for fans to ‘advocate for vaccine equity’
- They support President Biden’s push to waive vaccine patents so poorer countries can quickly gain access to the jabs
- Pfizer and Moderna stocks have tumbled in the wake of that announcement
Prince Harry has calledfor COVID-19 vaccines to be ‘equitably’ distributed across the world during an appearance at the VaxLive concert in Los Angeles.
The Duke of Sussex took to the stage at the event, held at So-Fi Stadium, telling a crowd of healthcare workers that they ‘cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution [of the vaccine] to every corner of the world.’
The VaxLive concert aired on US television on Saturday night – after Harry and Meghan backed US President Joe Biden’s move to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries.
That decision caused shares for vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna to tumble on Thursday.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla described support of the waivers as ‘so wrong’.
Prince Harry received a standing ovation after he thanked front-line workers during the Vax Live charity concert in Los Angeles on Sunday
Cheering audience members at the event on Sunday, which was hosted by Selena Gomez and included performances from a host of A-listers
Colorful: Lopez later took to the SoFi Stadium stage again to perform her hit 2016 single Ain’t Your Mama, with a slew of backup dancers and a much different and much more colorful ensemble
Chrissy Teigen speaks onstage at the event, which organisers said raised enough money to help purchase almost 10.3 million vaccine doses
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan urged vaccine manufacturers to ‘temporarily suspend’ intellectual property rights in order to help those in developing countries gain access to jabs.
They marked Archie’s second birthday by asking for $5 donations to aid global distribution.
The couple shared an emotive letter to the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Norovax on Thursday as they launched a campaign to ‘ensure equitable vaccine access globally’.
The lengthy note, published to Global Citizen, asks the vaccine bosses to ‘act with extraordinary purpose, responsibility, and leadership’ in response to a ‘equity crisis’ and use ‘every possible measure to increase global supply.’
These proposed measures include ‘the temporary suspension of intellectual property and extraordinary global public-private collaboration resulting in wider transfer of technology and know-how.’
AstraZeneca has already vowed not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic, but Harry and Meghan today urged the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna to follow suit and supply at least 100 million doses of their vaccinations at ‘not-for-profit prices’ this year.
They also requested that the two pharma giants accelerate their supply and deliver the jabs to COVAX – Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, which protects people against the virus ‘regardless of wealth’ – as soon as possible.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged supporters to make a donation to a vaccine equity campaign to mark their son Archie’s second birthday