Prince Harry joined pop royalty for the 'Vax Live' fundraising concert in Los Angeles to promote global vaccinations against Covid-19 Photo: AFP
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Prince Harry and J-Lo lead 'Vax Live' concert in Los Angeles

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By Andrew MARSZAL

Britain's Prince Harry joined pop royalty including Jennifer Lopez at a star-studded concert in Los Angeles Sunday to urge faster and more even global vaccinations, as he voiced support for India during its devastating COVID outbreak.

"Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World" featured video messages from the pope and President Joe Biden and in-person appearances from Hollywood stars such as Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.

The show will air on television and YouTube on May 8, after being pretaped in front of thousands of fully vaccinated spectators at a vast California stadium Sunday.

"Tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India, who are battling a devastating second wave," said Prince Harry, who was greeted with a standing ovation.

"The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography," added Harry, making his first in-person appearance at a major public event in California since moving last year to the United States with wife Meghan Markle, who did not appear.

The concert organized by Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, aims to battle vaccine disinformation while calling on world leaders and corporations to take action and make donations.

Thousands of spectators gathered inside Los Angeles' giant, recently completed SoFi stadium for the first time. Most attendees were frontline medical workers, many dressed in nurse and doctor uniforms.

Selena Gomez hosted proceedings, calling for "doses and dollars" to go to the world's poorest countries even as California and parts of the West emerge from lengthy lockdowns thanks to massive inoculation progress.

A glittering J-Lo told fans she had been forced to spend Christmas without her mother for the first time due to the pandemic -- before bringing the Lopez matriarch onto an elaborate meadow-themed stage for a feelgood singalong of "Sweet Caroline."

The Foo Fighters were joined by surprise guest Brian Johnson of AC/DC for a rendition of "Back in Black."

"We ain't out of the woods yet... let's work as hard as we can to make sure we can do this" every night, said frontman Dave Grohl.

Organizers said the event had surpassed its fundraising goal need to purchase 10 million vaccine doses for low and middle-income countries, drawing more than $53 million in donations from corporations and philanthropists.

In pretaped messages, President Joe Biden said he was "working with leaders around the world to share more vaccines and boost production," while Pope Francis said: "I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable."

Other video messages came from Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prince Harry, who took to the large circular stage in the middle of the arena dressed casually in a blue shirt, described online disinformation about vaccines as a "humanitarian crisis" that is "getting worse."

The concert will stream on YouTube along with American television networks ABC and CBS on May 8 at 8 p.m. ET (midnight GMT). It will also air internationally on Brazil's Globo, Colombia's Caracol, SABC in South Africa and MultiChoice in Africa.

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For somebody who wanted to stay out of the media spotlight, he is failing miserably.

If he had just stayed silent and went about living his life, these same people would be bleating, “What is he doing?? He has all that money and influence and he’s not using any of it to help people?? How selfish!”

Some people are just happier when they’re miserable...

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Oops missed the c i kaimycahi

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@kaimyahi well that's your opinion, but I beg to disagree, she's a great singer and actress and a great earner, wonder if you can say the same about yourself

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LOL talentless J-Lo after her career is up she will be 2 hook up less than Elizabeth Taylor. I once was given two free ticket to a J-Lo concert by a friend. After the first song I was done, I called my friend who gave me the tickets and he asked me about her show in the middle of explain he laughed and said why do you think I gave you the ticket? I got the tickets free she is terrible!!!

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Prince Harry! Why? J-L0, she is a member of the medical community?

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Man, that Woman just ruined this guy

Dunno. If it is down to her in getting a royal sponger off the back of the British taxpayer, I’m all for it.

Ship all the C-list celebs over if that’s what they’re capable of.

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@numan

you gotta be American

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Man, that Woman just ruined this guy, sad.

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Ah, nice to see Harry shunning the media again.

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@Drlucifer well said, you're absolutely right.

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The covid and the vaccinations are a global problem not just national ones.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-africa-tech-trfn-idUSKBN23C0LE

Africa as usual everybody's punching bag writing about Africa when they have never been to Africa, taking an example they picked up online and attributing it to a whole continent. There are millions in the U.S relying on food banks, scavenging gabbage yet they don't write about them or raise awareness but they are writing of what they have not seen.

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While the Royal Family is dealing with Prince Andrew's Epstein pedo case and the eighth Royal Family COVID scandal as Queen's grandson visits female friend in Scotland, the US is loving what Harry is doing for the frontline workers in the US.

Prince Harry joined a handful of celebrities including President Joe Biden, Chrissy Teigen, and Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck this past weekend for the TV taping of Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, an event intended to raise vaccine awareness and promote the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the world. Harry’s speech for a live audience focusing on the dangerous spread of misinformation and the need for a strong global community has been widely praised already as an example of how the new-and-improved Harry is using his platform for good and building on key issues in his burgeoning advocacy career. But reports of the ecstatic reaction Harry received from the audience of vaccinated frontline workers in particular may give the royal family pause as they consider permanently severing ties with the Duke of Sussex.

While covering the Vax Live taping, Hollywood Reporter writer Chris Gardner shared footage of the event along with this comment on Twitter: “Los Angeles LOVES Prince Harry tonight — he gets electric reception and standing ovation as he steps out on the biggest stage since moving down the road in Montecito.”

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He is doing more for the people than his Royal family members across the pond. No wonder the other Brits dislike him like they did his mom. They are jealous because he is making them all look like self-serving moochers and in some cases criminals off of the tax-payers dime!

Gambatte Harry and Meghan!

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Poor boy, craving attention and sympathy. Completely lost

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For somebody who wanted to stay out of the media spotlight, he is failing miserably.

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I missed that one.

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I think the people most affected by the pandemic want food more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-africa-tech-trfn-idUSKBN23C0LE

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That was quick...no two week quarantine?

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