LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Global Citizen fundraising concert, which advocates the importance of vaccine equity, raised $ 302 million, exceeding the organization’s campaign goal.
Global Citizen announced on Saturday that the funds raised have helped raise more than 26 million cans at “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. The organization said money was raised through several philanthropic and corporate commitments.
President Joe Biden, Prince Harry and Jennifer Lopez were among the big names to attend the event, which was taped on May 2 and aired on Saturday. ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube and iHeartMedia radio stations will broadcast the concert at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Selena Gomez hosted the show which featured several thousand fully vaccinated concert goers cheering on performances by Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J. Balvin, HER and Lopez, who enjoyed a duet with their mother.
Special guest speakers were Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Penn and David Letterman.
Vax Live has been one of the biggest concert venues in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic hit the world more than a year ago.
The organizers called the event the country’s first major music event for a COVID 19 compliant audience. Media and production workers were required to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the stadium.