Global Citizen announced Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World last month to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations around the world. During the special, Global Citizen will call on philanthropists and corporations to donate enough “dollars-for-doses” to vaccinate more than 27 million international healthcare workers. The event was pre-taped on Sunday, May 2nd at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and you can see behind the scenes images from the concert here.
What Is It?
Billed as the first large-scale music event for a Covid-compliant audience (the crowd will be comprised of fully-vaccinated frontline workers), the show is hosted by Selena Gomez and includes musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. It also boasts special appearances by David Letterman, Chrissy Teigen Ben Affleck, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn and Sean Penn. Also set to join the show are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, along with President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as other world leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia.
“As a global community, we are in a race against time and the key to coming back together is the vaccine. We need to build vaccine confidence in the U.S. and globally, and encourage people to take the vaccine as quickly as possible,” Global Citizen co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans said in a statement. “There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere regardless of who they are or where they are from, is key to ensuring the end of this pandemic around the world. We must all unite to get back on track to eradicating extreme poverty.”
How Do I Watch?
The Vax Live event will air on Saturday, May 8th at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations, and the iHeartRadio App. The concert will also air on FOX at 11 p.m. ET/PT, AXS TV, and will air internationally on Multishow in Brazil and Caracol in Colombia, SABC in South Africa and MultiChoice across Africa. As the exclusive global streaming partner, YouTube will stream an extended version of VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World on the Global Citizen channel for a full run-time of 90 minutes, which will include additional performances and appearances.