Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin & H.E.R. gather for global citizen special airing Saturday, May 8, at 8/7c
Hosted by Selena Gomez with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Prince Harry, J Balvin and H.E.R., “VAX LIVE” was taped before an audience of vaccinated frontline health care and essential workers at SoFi Stadium. This event will air Saturday, May 8, on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio App, at 8 p.m. The concert will also air on FOX at 11 p.m.
As the first large-scale music event for a COVID-19-compliant audience composed of fully vaccinated, frontline health care and essential workers, “VAX LIVE” calls for new commitments from governments, the private sector and philanthropists toward the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
As part of “VAX LIVE,” Global Citizen is campaigning to support the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative – including COVAX – a vaccine-sharing program co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. During the special, Global Citizen will call on governments asking them to pledge a total of $19 billion, the outstanding balance needed by the ACT-A to get 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses plus tests and treatments to the world’s poorest countries by the end of 2021.
As part of the campaign, Spain announced the donation of an estimated 7.5 million vaccine doses as soon as 50% of the Spanish population is vaccinated. France announced starting the sharing of doses for health workers across Africa with an initial donation of 100,000 this month, and at least 500,000 by June.