Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez highlight vaccine concert
A star-studded lineup — including Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and the Foo Fighters — is coming together for a concert to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.
The goal of Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” organizers said in a statement, is to “inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere.”
The celeb-filled spectacle, set to be pre-taped at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, is poised to air and stream May 8 across multiple TV networks and platforms, including ABC, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations, among others.
As part of the concert, Global Citizen will “call on philanthropists and corporations to donate enough ‘dollars-for-doses’ to vaccinate more than 27 million heroic health care workers” on front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
“Lose You to Love Me” singer Gomez has been tapped as the concert’s host. J Balvin, Eddie Vedder and H.E.R. will also perform.
Global Citizen is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the music event, saying it will tout a vaccine sharing program led by the organization to “ensure low-income countries can access COVID-19 vaccines.”
The hour-and-a-half concert will also address vaccine hesitancy, organizers said.
“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year,” Gomez said in a statement. “I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he was thankful to Global Citizen “for demonstrating what’s possible when we embrace getting vaccinated and encourage others to get immunized as well.”
“Music and the arts have long brought us together to celebrate moments of hope and happiness. This concert is no exception to that. We are excited to showcase the best of California reopening in compliance with the best standards of health and safety,” Newsom said.
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