There are no times when benefit concerts can take place in the stadium. Fortunately, there are video switches. Moderated by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and entitled “Global Goal: the concert”, a group of international superstars virtually came together on Saturday evening (Central European time). The goal: more equality and justice and, above all, rapid progress in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miley Cyrus sang the Beatles hit “Help!” In an empty stadium, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Usher also contributed with musical contributions. In addition, world stars from film, sports and fashion spoke up. “Hangover” actor Ken Jeong warned not to put up with lies and myths: “Don’t deny science!” Former international David Beckham dreamed loudly of football games in front of crowded ranks. In the pandemic context, top model Naomi Campbell also focused on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, after all, blacks in the USA are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Oscar winner Charlize Theron thanked the heads of state and government for pledging financial support to fight COVID-19. She named Angela Merkel, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron and the President of her native South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
“Global Goal: the concert” was the climax and conclusion of a virtual donor conference, which, under the auspices of the EU, focused on the goal of making a vaccine available to disadvantaged sections of the population as quickly as possible. In the end, the total donation of 6.9 billion euros was raised. 4.9 billion euros come from EU funds. “Vaccines, tests and medication must be available, affordable and accessible worldwide,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video link from the Berlin Chancellery. For this common concern, she pledged another 383 million euros.
The campaign launched under EU patronage in May had already raised around 10 billion euros for distribution-oriented vaccine development. With the further committed funds, around 16 billion euros are now available. Ursula von der Leyen spoke of an “unbelievable result”, but also warned: “We will only defeat this pandemic if it is defeated everywhere.”
Source: teleschau – der mediendienst GmbH