Superstar Selena Gomez took to Twitter to call on world leaders from Italy, Spain, France, the US, and New Zealand on Saturday to step up support for global vaccine equity as part of Global Citizen's VAX LIVE campaign.
Hosted by Gomez and airing on May 8, VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World aims to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world by calling on world leaders to donate surplus COVID-19 vaccines or make financial commitments to vulnerable countries.
Right now, Global Citizens’ are taking action to make sure more than 27 million health care workers serving on the front lines against the pandemic in the world's poorest countries can receive access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister @sanchezcastejon, I'm excited to join you at #VaxLive. We need your help to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere. Will you agree to donate dollars or doses to help everyone access the vaccine?— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) April 24, 2021
On Wednesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced that Spain will donate 7.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2021 as part of 27th annual Ibero-American Summit in Andorra, in support of the VAX LIVE campaign.
And on Sunday morning, he responded on Twitter to Gomez's request.
Spain is commited to equal and universal access to vaccines, @selenagomez. Just this week, I have announced that we will make about 7.5 million doses available to Latin America and the Caribbean this year.— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) April 25, 2021
Only together we will succeed.
See you at #VaxLive! https://t.co/r26TNOBx7R
Cisco has pledged US $5 million to COVAX, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, to ensure frontline workers and the most vulnerable community received access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thanks, @selenagomez! @Cisco is proud to partner with @glblctzn for #VaxLive: The Concert to Reunite the World! We're committing $5M to #COVAX to ensure frontline workers and the most vulnerable have access to vaccines. Together we can power an inclusive recovery for all. https://t.co/AiCSV4dism— Chuck Robbins (@ChuckRobbins) April 24, 2021
Gomez also called on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta to pledge to make sure the Asia-Pacific region surrounding Australia and New Zealand receive access to surplus COVID-19 vaccines.
The 25,000 Pacific islands, such as Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Tonga, have limited medical infrastructure and rely heavily on development aid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact throughout the region.
.@moderna_tx & @NoubarAfeyan, thanks for developing a vaccine for COVID-19 but we need your help to get it to everyone, everywhere. Will you follow others in providing it not-for-profit for the countries most in need? #vaxlive— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) April 24, 2021
European Union Commission President also heeded Gomez's call.
Thank you @selenagomez!— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 25, 2021
Europe 🇪🇺 is committed to bringing the world together to end this pandemic - and prevent future ones!
We want to make the world stronger and more prepared to deal with health crises.
For this we count on global cooperation and solidarity! #VaxLivehttps://t.co/HR5hMZU1LV
VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World will take place in May at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Airing globally on May 8, the event will bring together world leaders, artists, and more, featuring performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, H.E.R., and more to support global vaccine equality, inspire confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, and encourage people to get their shots when they can.
A true recovery from COVID-19 can only happen if everyone, everywhere has access to testing, treatments, and vaccines, and now, more than ever, the voices of Global Citizens matter.
Global Citizen launched our year-long Recovery Plan for the World campaign in February as a roadmap to prosperity and recovery during and following the pandemic, prioritizing health, hunger, education, environment, and equity.
You can join us and take action now.