Elton John, through his AIDS Foundation, has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help those with HIV maintain their care in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The star tweeted on Saturday, “Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation is launching a $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalized communities around the world.”
“The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic. For almost 30 years, we have prioritized people around the world who are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and those most likely to be left behind as HIV treatment and care expands,” the foundation said in a statement.
“Today, those people become extra vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are launching a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund that can protect the people we have always sought to serve through HIV care, treatment and prevention, as well as mitigating the damage that COVID-19 can do, particularly to the global gains we are making for more than 37 million people already living with HIV.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation also opened up applications to organizations offering “solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen.”
“We must keep up momentum, or results will be disastrous for people living with HIV and other infectious diseases,” John continued.
Last week, Elton John, Stormzy, and Paul McCartney were among the stars to have contributed to a video thanking NHS workers. The clip arrived as healthcare professionals on the frontline in the UK continue to work to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, Elton John recently took part in a live coronavirus relief concert, which saw stars performing from their safety of their own homes. The hour-long show saw the star joined by the likes of Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and more in playing stripped-back versions of their songs.
“Stay safe, cherish your loved ones and when this is all over and done with, I’ll be out there playing for you again,” John told viewers at the end of the show.