On Sunday night, Prince Harry appeared at the star-studded VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, where he issued a passionate call for “empathy and compassion” to the world.
“Hi everybody. We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19,” Harry said, according to People Magazine. “Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” he said in his address. “You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm’s way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.”
“But we’re also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity,” he added. “The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world. The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that’s what tonight is about. The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.”
“None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer,” Harry concluded. “We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind. 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 battling a devastating second wave.”
— Desiree Murphy (@desireemurphy_) May 3, 2021
Both Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are chair members for the Global Citizen campaign. Meghan could not be present at last night’s concert, as she is currently about seven months pregnant with her and Harry’s second child, a baby girl that is due early this summer.
The website for the concert states that it is “celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world” as well as “calling on world leaders to step up to make sure vaccines are accessible for all.” Hosted by Selena Gomez, the concert will air next Saturday, and it includes other big names like Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Olivia Munn, Sean Penn and Nomzamo Mbatha.