Prince Harry Just Gave a Surprise Speech: ‘This Pandemic Cannot End Unless We Act Collectively’

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Prince Harry just made his first major appearance since attending Prince Philip’s funeral. And he gave quite the speech.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently signed on as the campaign chairs for Global Citizen’s upcoming Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. The star-studded event, which took place on Sunday and was hosted by Selena Gomez, was held in an effort to “inspire vaccine confidence” and help provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine. During the event, Harry made a special appearance and even said a few words.

“We are at a defining moment in the global fight against COVID-19. Tonight is a celebration of each of you here, the vaccinated frontline workers in the audience and the millions of frontline heroes around the world,” Harry said, according to People. “You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harm's way and with bravery knowing the costs. We owe you an incredible depth of gratitude, thank you.”

He continued, “But we're also coming together because this pandemic cannot end unless we act collectively with an unprecedented commitment to our shared humanity. The vaccine must be distributed to everyone everywhere. We cannot rest or truly recover until there is fair distribution to every corner of the world. The mission in front of us is one we cannot afford to fail out and that's what tonight is about. 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.”

“None of us should be comfortable thinking that we could be fine when so many others are suffering. In reality, and especially with this pandemic, when any suffer, we all suffer," Prince Harry added. "We must look beyond ourselves with empathy and compassion for those we know, and those we don't. We need to lift up all of humanity and make sure that no person or community is left behind. What we do in this moment will stand in history and tonight, we stand in solidarity with the millions of families across India who are battling a devastating second wave.”

Unfortunately (yet understandably), pregnant Meghan Markle did not make an appearance during the pre-recorded address.

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