Prince Harry says ‘we can’t allow science and vaccines to be politicized’ in new Vax Live concert clip after he and Meghan backed Biden’s move to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries
- The Vax Live charity concert was held at LA’s So-Fi Stadium last Sunday
- The special concert – honoring health workers and advocates for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines – aired Saturday night on US TV.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are campaign chairs from Vax Live
- Released in a new
- Earlier this week, the couple celebrated son Archie’s second birthday by asking fans to ‘plead for vaccination eligibility’
- They support President Biden’s push to waive vaccine patents so poorer countries can get quick access to the injections
- Pfizer and Moderna shares fell in the wake of that announcement
Prince Harry has called for COVID-19 vaccines to be ‘equitably’ distributed around the world during a performance at the Vax Live concert in Los Angeles.
The Duke of Sussex took the stage at the event, held at So-Fi Stadium, telling a crowd of health workers that they “ cannot rest or really recover until there is a fair distribution. [of the vaccine] to every corner of the world. ‘
The VaxLive concert aired on US television Saturday night – after Harry and Meghan backed US President Joe Biden’s move to waive vaccine patents for poorer countries.
That decision caused the shares of vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna to tumble on Thursday.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla described support for the waivers as ‘so wrong’,
At the moment, Germany, Canada, the EU and the UK are similarly opposed to Biden and Harry and Meg
Prince Harry has called for COVID-19 vaccines to be ‘equitably’ distributed around the world during a performance at the Vax Live concert in Los Angeles
The Duke of Sussex took the stage at the event, held at So-Fi Stadium, telling a crowd of health workers that they “ cannot rest or really recover until there is a fair distribution. [of the vaccine] to all corners of the world ‘
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are campaign chairs from Vax Live. They are pushing for “equality” of vaccines so that people in poorer countries can access the injections at the same rate as those in the first world.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (left) fell to the Biden government’s support for forgoing intellectual property protection to allow poorer countries to produce vaccines developed by companies like this and Moderna, potentially cutting their profits
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan urged vaccine manufacturers to “ temporarily suspend ” intellectual property rights to help people in developing countries access injections.
They marked Archie’s second birthday by soliciting $ 5 donations to support global distribution.
The couple shared an emotional letter to the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Norovax on Thursday as they launched a campaign to “ ensure fair access to vaccines worldwide. ”
The lengthy note, published to Global Citizen, asks vaccine bosses to “act with extraordinary purpose, responsibility and leadership” in response to an “equality crisis” and “use every possible measure to increase global supply.”
These proposed measures include ‘the temporary suspension of intellectual property and extraordinary global public-private partnership resulting in wider transfer of technology and know-how’.
AstraZeneca has already vowed not to benefit from the vaccine during the pandemic, but Harry and Meghan today urged the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna to follow suit and deliver at least 100 million doses of their vaccinations this year against ‘not -for-profit-prices’. .
They also asked the two pharmaceutical giants to speed up their supply and deliver the injections as soon as possible to COVAX – Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, which protects people from the virus ‘regardless of wealth’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged supporters to donate to a vaccination campaign to mark the second birthday of their son Archie