Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tell world 'we need to recover and heal together' as they vow to lead vaccine rollout
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry say the world must "recover and heal together" from the Covid crisis as they vow to lead a global jabs roll-out.
The royal couple announced today they'll join A-listers Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez at a coronavirus concert to "reunite the world".
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The celebs are among a host of big names taking part in the Vax Live show on May 8.
And in a long statement on Meghan and Harry's Archwell website, they said they'll be "helping lead a worldwide effort to equitably distribute the Covid-19 vaccine to everyone, everywhere".
The pair will "deliver an important message for vaccine equity" during the show, which will be broadcast around the world on May 8.
It comes as:
- Prince William ‘can’t tolerate’ how Meghan has treated Kate Middleton, a senior royal source claimed
- Kate got the giggles as she and William played golf on a royal visit today
- Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are looking for a new employee as they take on greater responsibility
- Harry and Meghan may be ‘cut’ from the Royal Family in Prince Charles’ plan to save cash
- And the LA-based royal couple reportedly met a streaming firm at Kensington Palace a year before Megxit – but rejected the bizarre show
Harry and Meghan will rub shoulders with stars including the Foo Fighters at the concert, which will be hosted by Selena Gomez.
The couple have been recruited as 'campaign chairs' for the effort.
In their statement, they said they've been "leading a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds" for WHO programme Covax, which aims to supply all countries with the jab.
And they said: "Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle – together.
"Now we need to recover and heal- together. We can’t leave anybody behind.
“We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine.
We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity.
"This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”
The Duke and Duchess have been involved in a range of charity initiatives since leaving the UK.
However, Vax Live will be the most glamorous yet. It'll be attended by US president Joe Biden, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Businesses including Coca-Cola have already pledged $115.million to fund the purchase of 2.3million vaccines for health workers.
Meanwhile, Spain announced the donation of an estimated 7.5m vaccine doses as soon as 50 per cent of its population is vaccinated, and France will begin to share doses with health workers across Africa.
Despite Mr Trudeau's appearance at the concert, Canada was heavily criticised in February for taking vaccines from Covax.
The country's International Development Minister Karina Gould told CBS News: "Our top priority is to ensure Canadians have access to vaccines."
Mr Biden, on the other hand, announced during that same month that he will plough $2billion into the scheme.
The concert will also be the first time pregnant Meghan has been seen in public since the couple's explosive Oprah Winfrey interview.
Harry attended his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in the UK this month but flew back to Meghan and baby Archie soon after, missing the Queen's 95th birthday.
Vax Live will be streamed at 8pm in the US on ABC, CBS and YouTube.
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