International music icons will sing for vaccine equity Saturday during Global Citizen Live, a star-studded 24-hour music festival taking place in major cities across the world.
Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Jennifer Lopez are among the performers scheduled to take the stage beginning at 4 p.m. on Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, joined by UN leaders, will amplify the concert’s call for G7 and EU nations to share at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses with needy nations.
“Over 75 percent of the more than 4 billion doses administered to date have occurred in just 10 countries while only 1 percent of people in low-income countries have received a dose,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement issued by concert organizers. “We cannot disregard this gross inequity or become complacent.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been touring NYC landmarks, including One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, this week ahead of the event.
Additional concerts take place in London, Paris, Seoul and Sydney, among other cities. Headliners around the world include Duran Duran, Elton John, Demi Lovato, Metallica and Ed Sheeran.
The effort also includes a global cast of celebrity presenters. Here in New York, that list includes Andy Cohen, Bridget Moynahan and Dikembe Mutombo. Mayor de Blasio is slated to speak at the event Saturday night.
Event organizer Global Citizen was founded in 2008 by New York City resident Hugh Evans as the Global Poverty Project. Global Citizen today describes itself as “the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030.”