While the countries across the world are grappling to stave off the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations, politicians, businessmen and philanthropists are stepping forward to support the governments.
American pop star Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen have raised USD 35 million to demonstrate their commitment to combating the COVID-19.
They have raised the money in seven days and will contribute the amount to the World Health Organization (WHO) to procure essential medical gear, enhance lab capacities and further research to treat COVID-19.
“I would like to reiterate our deep gratitude to the medical community. My heart is very achy and warm for those who are ER doctors as well as nurses who are sleeping in cars to make sure they don’t infect their families or their patients,” said Gaga on April 6, 2020.
“What you are doing is putting yourself in harm’s way to help the world and we all salute you,” she added.
Likewise, Lady Gaga is collaborating with the Global Citizen and the WHO to launch a special TV show, “One World: Together At Home,” to unite the world in the fight against coronavirus.
“What’s very important is three things happening for all of us. That we celebrate and we highlight the singular kind global community that is arising right now. Two, we want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement. And three, we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit,” Gaga said.
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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 27, 2020
The multi-hour TV special will be hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and will feature various artists and comedians including-
English Actor Idris Elba and his wife, Sabrina Elba, who both tested positive for COVID-19, will also participate in the show.
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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 7, 2020
The special televised event will be aired on April 18, 2020 at 8 PM EST on ABC, NBC, CBS, iHeartMedia and Bell Media networks.
The show will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms.
So far, the coronavirus has infected 1,520,233 people and claimed 88,572 lives globally.
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