“Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle—together. Now we need to recover and heal—together. We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine,” said the Duke and Duchess in a statement. “We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”
Selena Gomez is set to host the program, which will include a special featured message from President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, as part of their “We Can Do This” national initiative to increase uptake in the COVID-19 vaccine. Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn, and Sean Penn will also appear in the broadcast.
“I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,'” Gomez said. “This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
The Vax Live concert will include musical performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. Other politicians will also make statements during the show. Notably, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia are all slated to speak.
The concert will be pre-taped on May 2 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, in front of a live audience composed entirely of fully-vaccinated frontline heath-care and essential workers. The show will then be broadcast on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia radio stations, and the iHeartRadio app on May 8 at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CT. The concert will also air again on FOX at 11 p.m. EST.