Vax Live concert featuring JLo, Selena Gomez raises US$302m, exceeds vaccine goal
Gomez hosted the show, which was attended by several thousand fully-vaccinated concertgoers who cheered on performances by Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, HER and Jennifer Lopez, who enjoyed a duet with her mum.
The Global Citizen fundraising concert advocating the importance of vaccine equity has pulled in US$302 million (Us$400 million), exceeding the goal for the organisation’s campaign.
Global Citizen announced on Saturday (May 8) that the funds raised helped procure more than 26 million doses at the “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.” The organisation said money was garnered through several philanthropic and corporate commitments.
President Joe Biden, Prince Harry and Jennifer Lopez were among the big names who took part in the event, which was recorded May 2 and aired on Saturday. The concert was staged at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Selena Gomez hosted the show, which was attended by several thousand fully-vaccinated concertgoers who cheered on performances by Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, HER and Lopez, who enjoyed a duet with her mum.
Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn and David Letterman served as special guest speakers.
Vax Live was one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic roiled the world more than a year ago.
Organisers called the event the country’s first large-scale music event for a COVID-19-compliant audience. Media and production staff needed to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the stadium.