Prince Harry was amongst the many stalwarts at Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. Harry and Meghan Markle serve as campaign chairs of Vax Live, and “aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere,” as per Global Citizen’s statement.
While making his speech heard, The Duke of Sussex greeted everyone, magnifying how they are “at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19,” via People. According to him, the concert is a “celebration” of “the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world.” Celebrating the toil of the frontline workers, Harry brought into focus how they spent 2020 courageously and selflessly combatting to safeguard everyone. Not only did they “serve and sacrifice but also put themselves in harm’s way, that too with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.”
Harry then urged everybody to unite for Vax Live because the COVID-19 pandemic “cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity. The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere.” As per his zeal, they will not be able to rest or truly recover until “fair distribution” of the vaccines is imparted “to every corner of the world.”
“The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point,” Harry stated. Harry added that none of them should be comfortable thinking that they could be fine when there are still so many others who are suffering. On a very simple life, Harry said that at the times COVID-19 pandemic, “when any suffer, we all suffer.”
“We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don’t. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind,” Harry said before showing his solidarity to India, which is currently battling a dangerous second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic amid a high surge in deaths and lack of oxygen supplies. “What we do at this moment will stand in history and tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave.”