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Harry and Meghan’s foundation announces relief center in India amid COVID-19 spike

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are teaming up with celebrity chef José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen to build a relief center in India as the country faces a massive spike in COVID-19 infections.

The royal couple’s Archewell Foundation announced Wednesday that Mumbai will be home to its latest community relief center, in partnership with World Central Kitchen.

“The Mumbai location will be the third in a series of four Community Relief Centers that our organizations have committed to develop in regions of the world disproportionately affected by natural disaster,” a statement from Archewell said.

The aim for the foundation’s hubs, Archewell said, is “to provide relief and resilience (as well as healing and strength) for the communities in which they’re based.”

The centers “can be quickly activated as emergency response kitchens—or vaccination sites” during future disasters, “and through calmer times they can serve as food distribution hubs, schools, clinics, or community gathering spaces for families.”

Harry and the former actress born Meghan Markle — who moved from the United Kingdom to California last year and stepped away from their duties as full-time working royals — have been vocal advocates for equitable vaccine distribution worldwide against the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Harry, who’s sixth in line to the British throne, appeared at a pro-vaccine concert, calling access to vaccinations a “basic right.”

On Wednesday, India’s Health Ministry reported more than 4,500 COVID-19-related deaths in a single day, marking a global record. The previous record occurred in the United States on Jan. 12. More than 283,000 people in India have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

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