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Harry, 36, – who is expecting his second child, a baby girl, with his wife this summer – participated in the recording of Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The concert to reunite the world on Sunday. It marked his first appearance back in the United States since the funeral of his late grandfather Prince Philips and the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March.
“Hello everyone. We are at a crucial moment in the global fight against COVID-19. Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of front heroes around the world,” he said in his address. “You spent the last year fighting bravely and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, hurting yourself and bravely knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.
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“But we also come together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our common humanity. The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or really recover until there is a fair distribution. to every corner of the world.The mission ahead of us is one we can not afford to fail and that is what tonight is about.The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine can not be determined by geography.It must be accepted as a fundamental right to everything and that is our starting point, ”Harry continued.
“None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could feel good when so many others are suffering. In fact, and especially with this pandemic, when someone is suffering, we are all suffering. empathy and compassion for those we know.and those we do not.We need to lift all of humanity and make sure no people or communities are left.What we do in this moment will stand in history and tonight “We stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are struggling with a devastating second wave,” he concluded.
Harry and Meghan, 39, serve as campaign chairs for VAX Live, which “aims to inspire vaccine trust around the world and help bring COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere,” according to a statement from Global Citizen.
Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The concert to reunite the world, hosted by Selena Gomez, will feature President Joe Biden alongside First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn and Sean Penn.
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“Over the last year, our world has experienced pain, loss and struggle – together. Now we have to recover and heal – together,” Meghan and Harry said in an earlier statement. “We can not leave anyone behind. We all want to benefit from it, we all want to be safer when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.”
They continued: “We must pursue a just vaccine distribution and thereby restore faith in our common humanity. The mission could not be more critical or important.”
The event was recorded Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. It will be released on May 8.
Harry recently returned to California after traveling to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on 17 April. Meghan and their son Archie, who turns 2 on May 6, did not take the trip across the pond.
“Meghan talked to Harry before her grandfather’s funeral,” a source told PEOPLE. “Meghan and Archie also talked to the queen.”
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