Andrew Lloyd Webber volunteers for experimental COVID-19 study working on vaccine: ‘I’ll do anything to prove theaters can reopen safely’
Andrew Lloyd Webber takes the conversation in an effort to eradicate COVID-19 and reverse widespread post-pandemic closures.
The world-renowned composer took to his media platforms on Wednesday and announced that he will participate in an experimental study working on a coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m excited to be vaccinated tomorrow for the Oxford Covid 19 trial,” Weber shared on Twitter and Instagram before revealing one of his motivations for participating in the study.
“I’ll do everything I can to prove that theaters can reopen safely.”
Walking the talk: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, announced she will be participating in a University of Oxford study working to find a vaccine for COVID-19
The University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are working on the development of the experimental vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.
Thousands of people in the UK, the United States, Brazil and South Africa have volunteered to participate in clinical trials.
As recently as July 20, researchers announced that initial results from 1,077 people were promising, suggesting the vaccine is both safe and triggers an immune response. according to the BBC.
Race for the vaccine: The world-renowned composer took to his media platforms and announced that he is participating in an experimental study working on a vaccine
COVID-19 crisis: Webber, whose illustrious composing career also includes Cats, is likely to participate in the expansion of research by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca
The next step in the research is to expand the trial at a higher dose to thousands more people, where Webber is likely to come into play.
A lot of people took to Twitter to applaud the Cats composer’s willingness to get involved in finding a cure or treatment for the virus.
‘Bravo’, ‘Godspeed to you sir’ and ‘Thank you for your dedication’ were among the many sentiments of followers and fans.
‘I really admire how you really act to support what you believe. Most people just talk a lot, but do little. Keep my fingers crossed that the vaccine is working. Stay safe, ‘another person tweeted in support.
Take a position: Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about the UK government’s weak response to helping the theater industry during the coronavirus crisis; he is pictured at Cats opening in NYC in July 2016
Broadway in New York City and London’s West End are among the theater districts and venues that have been closed since March due to the pandemic.
In recent months, both Webber and his longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about what they are saying as the UK government’s feeble response to helping the theater industry during the crisis.
Mackintosh claims the UK government’s $ 1.9 billion art lifeline, including $ 647.3 million for Arts Council England to support theaters, music and comedy venues and museums, “ has still not materialized, ” said Variety.
When the pandemic hit, Mackintosh was forced to close all eight of his West End properties, which were nearly empty at the time.
Weber’s illustrious career as a composer includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) and School Of Rock (2015) .
Legendary: Webber’s resume includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986), and School Of Rock (2015)