May 14, 2021

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Prince Harry says access to COVID-19 vaccine should be a ‘fundamental right’

Prince Harry raised the crowd on their feet at the “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” event organized by Global Citizen on Sunday.

The king, who co-chaired the star-studded event alongside Meghan Markle, appeared before a crowd of fully vaccinated healthcare workers to thank them for their sacrifices throughout the pandemic and to talk about the importance of equality in vaccines.

The event was the Duke of Sussex’s first engagement since he attended the funeral of his late grandfather Prince Philip on April 17th. Megan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, did not appear face-to-face at the “Vax Live” event, but will appear in a pre-recorded clip when it airs this weekend.

“Tonight is a celebration for each of you here, inoculated frontline workers from the crowd and millions of frontline heroes around the world,” the Duke said in his opening remarks to loud applause.

Prince Harry speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Program "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" At SoFi Stadium in Inglewood,

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Prince Harry speaks onstage during the Global Citizen program “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” at SoFi Stadium in Englewood, California.

“You spent the last year bravely and selflessly struggling to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, you put yourselves in harm’s way and acted courageously with your knowledge of the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude – thank you.”

Harry spoke about the misinformation about the vaccine and the need for prompt relief to the vaccine. He referred to India, which is experiencing a “devastating” second wave of COVID-19.

“The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography,” he said. “It must be accepted as a fundamental right for everyone, and this is our starting point.”

Harry and Meghan have previously talked about everyone’s need to “recover and heal” together in a statement that they announced their participation in the event last week.

“We must continue the fair distribution of vaccines, and with that, restore confidence in our common humanity,” they said in a joint statement that this mission could not be more important or important.

The concert, which was recorded over the weekend, will air this coming Saturday. It featured appearances from host Selena Gomez, Chrissy Teigen, President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel and others. Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, HER, and Foo Fighters made a show at the event.