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COVID Vaccine Fundraising Concert Raises Over $300 Million

by Kenneth Chuacon / May 10, 2021 05:37 AM EDT
VAX Live

The Global Citizen fundraiser concert calling for vaccine equity raised $302 million, exceeding the campaign's target. The organization behind the fundraising event revealed on Saturday, May 8, that the funds received at the "VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World" helped secure over 26 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The money was raised through a variety of philanthropic and corporate commitments.

VAX LIVE seeks to maximize vaccine donations and sharing to priority communities around the world and to call on charities and companies to contribute to vaccinate the 27 million health workers who are on the front lines of the world's poorest countries every day.

The show was hosted by Selena Gomez, and thousands of wholly vaccinated concertgoers cheered on performances by Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin, H.E.R., and Jennifer Lopez, who sang a duet with her mother.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and U.S. President Joe Biden were among the key figures that attended the show taped on May 2, which aired on Saturday. The concert, which took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, was televised on ABC, CBS, YouTube, and iHeartMedia radio stations. Special guests included Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Chrissy Teigen, and David Letterman.

Since the coronavirus pandemic engulfed the globe more than a year ago, Vax Live has been one of the most significant concert events in the United States. The concert was billed as the country's first large-scale music event for COVID 19-compliant patrons. Prior to entering the stadium, media and production staff had to show a negative COVID-19 test.

The VAX LIVE concert was extended thanks to the sponsorship from Youtube. Click on the link to watch the extended part of the concert in its entirety. NCT 127, along with YouTube creators Daniel El Travieso, Kati Morton, ShootforLove, Thembe Mahlaba, and The Try Guys, appeared and performed during the extended concert.

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