Prince Harry, J-Lo lead concert in Los Angeles


Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop royalty including Jennifer Lopez at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles on Sunday to urge faster and more even global vaccinations, as he voiced support for India during its devastating Covid outbreak.

‘Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World’ featured video messages from the pope and president Joe Biden and in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.

The show will air on television and YouTube on May 8, after being pre-taped in front of thousands of fully vaccinated spectators at a vast California stadium Sunday.

‘Tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India, who are battling a devastating second wave,’ said Prince Harry, who was greeted with a standing ovation.

‘The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography,’ added Harry, making his first in-person appearance at a major public event in California since moving last year to the United States with wife Meghan Markle, who did not appear.

The concert organized by Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, aims to battle vaccine disinformation while calling on world leaders and corporations to take action and make donations.

Thousands of spectators gathered inside Los Angeles’ giant, recently completed SoFi stadium for the first time. Most attendees were frontline medical workers, many dressed in nurse and doctor uniforms.

Selena Gomez hosted proceedings, calling for ‘doses and dollars’ to go to the world’s poorest countries even as California and parts of the West emerge from lengthy lockdowns thanks to massive inoculation progress.

A glittering J-Lo told fans she had been forced to spend Christmas without her mother for the first time due to the pandemic – before bringing the Lopez matriarch onto an elaborate meadow-themed stage for a feelgood singalong of ‘Sweet Caroline.’    —AFP