Biden, Obamas and celebrity guests announce coronavirus vaccination TV special
President Biden, former President Obama, Michelle Obama and a bevy of celebs will “roll up their sleeves” this weekend as part of a starry vaccination TV special.
“Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing Sunday on NBC, aims to “educate viewers, raise awareness and dispel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines,” organizers said Tuesday as they announced details of the event.
Biden will speak about the importance of getting vaccinated in order to “beat the pandemic, protect loved ones and continue the road to recovery.”
Former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will appear with Obama in the special “to remind audiences that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a crucial step for Americans to return to the activities they love.”
The hourlong spectacle hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara will also include appearances from a mix of Hollywood, political and public health figures, including Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert; “This is Us” star Sterling K. Brown; Billy Crystal; Faith Hill; Eva Longoria; Jennifer Hudson; “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda; Matthew McConaughey; Demi Lovato; Joel McHale; Kumail Nanjiani; Ellen Pompeo; Lana Condor; Jennifer Lopez; Ken Jeong; Joe Jonas; Amanda Seyfried; Wanda Sykes and Jane Seymour.
The pro-vaccine push, created by ATTN: along with Civic Nation’s Made to Save initiative, is being presented by Walgreens.
Details for the “Roll up Your Sleeves” special were released the same day another massive event touting vaccinations was announced. Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” will air next month.
The news also came the same day that federal health officials recommended a pause in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine — one of the three approved for use in the U.S. — raising fears of rising vaccine hesitancy among the American public.
“Roll Up Your Sleeves,” organizers teased Tuesday, will feature “captivating real-life stories and heartwarming surprises” in an effort to dispel vaccine hesitancy and “inform and encourage those who have vaccination concerns to learn the facts.”
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