Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Raising Funds To Help India During the Covid Resurgence
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are asking for your help. In the past month, Covid-19 has been spreading at an alarming rate across India. The country is short on supplies like oxygen and vaccine doses, and hospitals are having to send sick patients away.
To help, Chopra and her husband's Foundation has teamed up with Give India to create the fundraiser #TogetherForIndia during this crisis. The actress shared a video to Instagram asking followers to please contribute to their fundraiser. "Over the past month, we have seen the sudden rise and ravaging effects of Covid-19, as it's blazed an unrelenting path across India," she says at the start of the video. Jonas joins in saying, "The magnitude is staggering, so much is needed right now to stop the spread of this dreaded disease."
Chopra continued, "We are appealing to you all to contribute to the healthcare system, which is at a breaking point right now. It's a humble request." Jonas shared that the "funds raised will go towards creating physical healthcare infrastructure, medical equipment, and vaccination support."
Chopra spoke with InStyle recently about the RAD Impact Award she and 18-year-old climate activist Devishi Jha received for their efforts in climate justice. Chopra opened about her internal struggle of feeling honored to receive the award but also saddened by what's happening in India and around the world.
"Recently, just going to the BAFTA's and getting dressed for the red carpet, it was so peculiar to wear heels all evening," she said. "It was very strange. I had to put my feet in hot water and bath salts when I came back because I wasn't used to it. But, I think, just seeing the effect COVID continues to have around the world, it's hard for me to start getting excited right now. I that some countries are lucky and we're getting to that place and that's amazing. I would just hope that trend continues around the world sooner than later."
President Joe Biden has also spoken out about the Covid crisis in India. As he and many others have pointed out, this outbreak in India affects the entire world, and could lead to a massive explosion of cases around the globe. The United States plans to send 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to other nations (India being one of them), but delivery could take months.
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Guardian that we are all in this together. "It's an interconnected world," he said. "And there are responsibilities that countries have to each other, particularly if you're a wealthy country and you're dealing with countries that don't have the resources or capabilities that you have."