KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will serve as campaign chairs of Global Citizen's "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World"
  • The event aims to promote global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and increase public confidence in them
  • The Vax Live event is set to be hosted by Selena Gomez and will be broadcast on May 8

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will join President Joe Biden, first lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and many stars next week at an event promoting COVID-19 vaccination.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were announced as campaign chairs of anti-poverty advocacy group Global Citizen's "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World." The Vax Live concert aims to promote global, equitable access to coronavirus vaccines and increase public confidence in the shots, according to the group.

Markle and Prince Harry will deliver a message about vaccine equity during the event, which is set to be recorded Sunday at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and broadcast on May 8, People reported. The Sussexes have been heading a fundraising drive across the private sector to raise money for COVAX, a vaccine-sharing program.

"Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle — together. Now we need to recover and heal — together," Prince Harry and Markle said in a statement on Global Citizen's website.

"We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine. We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important."

Aside from the Bidens and Harris, the royal couple will also be joined by French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Ben Affleck, Gayle King, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Olivia Munn, Sean Penn and Nomzamo Mbatha will make appearances at the Vax Live event as well. The concert will feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R.

Selena Gomez will host the event. "With all of us working together, #WeCanDoThis and end the pandemic. To do this, everyone needs to have access to a vaccine -both at home and around the world. @POTUS and @VP, will you stand with us at #VaxLive and show your support for global health?" the 28-year-old pop star tweeted Saturday.

"YES, together #WeCanDoThis and fight for the health and safety of everyone, everywhere!! #VaxLive," Global Citizen commented on Gomez's tweet.

Global Citizen's concert will call on philanthropists and corporations to donate "dollars-for-doses" in order to vaccinate health workers around the world. The group will also make a plea to world leaders and governments to pledge $22.1 billion in order "to get two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, tests and treatments to the world's poorest countries by the end of 2021."

The show's audience will comprise fully-vaccinated frontline healthcare and essential workers when it is pre-taped this Sunday.

Global Citizen's "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" will then be broadcast on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia radio stations and the iHeartRadio app on May 8 at 8 p.m. EDT. 

Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers for printing parts of her letter to her "vulnerable" father in August 2018, saying the media harassed and manipulated him Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Photo: AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS