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Elton John Launches $1 Million COVID-19 Emergency Fund Protecting HIV Patients

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Elton John has joined the ever-growing list of celebrities to donate millions to aid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 73-year-old Rocket Man singer announced that Elton John Aids Foundation, a charity founded by Elton, has launched a $1 million COVID-19 emergency fund to protect those suffering from HIV.

He wrote on Twitter, “Today, I’m proud to announce that my foundation, [Elton John Aids 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 marginalised communities around the world.”

In the video uploaded with the above text, he explains, “For almost 30 years my foundation has prioritised the most vulnerable people to HIV, to end the AIDS epidemic and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too … distributing medicine, testing and preventive treatment is not as simple as it was a few weeks ago.

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Our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalised communities. We’re with you, we’re thinking of you, we will not leave anyone behind.”

He hosted the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America earlier this week raising more than $10 million for the fight against coronavirus, with stars including Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Backstreet Boys and Dave Grohl.

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