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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle urge worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines

The Hill logo The Hill 9/26/2021 Monique Beals
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle urge worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines © Getty Prince Harry, Meghan Markle urge worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined other celebrities at a New York City concert to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Harry and Meghan, who now reside in California, appeared on stage at Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert in Central Park.

"Are we prepared to do what is necessary to end this pandemic?" Harry said at the event.

"It is so good to be back here with all of you," Meghan said. "We know that it feels like this pandemic has been going on forever. We get it. It is a lot and some people are just over it. But if everyone's over it, it's never going to be over. There's so much that we can do today, now, that can get us closer to ending this pandemic and that's why we're all here."


Video: Prince Harry calls for vaccine tech to be shared at Global Citizen (Associated Press)

"Every single person on this planet has a fundamental right to get this vaccine," Meghan added, speaking of the need for more equitable vaccine distribution. "That's the point, but that's not happening."

This is not the first time that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have advocated for global vaccine equity.

In May, they appeared at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" to share a similar message.

"The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that's what tonight is about," Harry said in pre-recorded comments for the event. "The virus does not respect borders and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point."

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