Bruce Springsteen will bring glory days to New York next week, when his show becomes the first to reopen on Broadway since the lights were turned off by the coronavirus pandemic. But fans without US government-approved vaccines will be left dancing in the dark.
The Boss has established strict rules for attendees at Springsteen on Broadway, which reopens June 26 at the St James Theater. For admission, ticket holders must be able to demonstrate that they have received one of three Covid-19 vaccines with authorization for emergency use from the US Food and Drug Administration: The Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two vaccines. dose, or Johnson & amp; Johnson.
This means that those who have received doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab, which is not approved for use in the US but is popular in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries, will not be able to enter so the producers of the program they are billing “an intimate night with Bruce, his guitar, a piano and his stories.”
The news was understandably not well received in Canada, where the Toronto Star published a report on the perceived snub with the headline. Burn in the USA, a play on the title of one of the 71-year-old Springsteen best-selling hits.
“The show must go on. But if you received the AstraZeneca vaccine, you are not invited,” the newspaper wrote.
The theater’s owners, Jujamcyn, said it imposed the stipulation “at the direction of New York state,” and that the only exception would be for children 16 and under, who still must present proof of a recent Covid test. -19 negative and be accompanied. by a fully vaccinated adult.
The use of masks is not required, and the producers note that the seats inside the theater with capacity for 1,710 people are not socially distant.
Springsteen on Broadway is being viewed as a test run for a wider Broadway reopening, with many other shows not planning their own curtains until September or later.
The singer expressed his frustration at not being able to perform due to the pandemic in a interview with the New York Times last year. “My band is in its prime, and we have so much accumulated knowledge and skill about what we do that this was a time in my life where I said, ‘I want to use that as much as I can,'” he said.
“I am in a moment of my life as a player and my artistic life in which I never felt so vital.”
AstraZeneca has had a bumpy ride trying to get their vaccine approved in the U.S. The company claims that immunization is 76% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19, 85% effective in people over 65 years of age and 100% effective against serious illnesses and hospitalizations.
Despite approval of the vaccine in Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe, the FDA has demanded evidence from larger trials, the results of which the company announced in March.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was considering waiving an emergency use authorization request in the US and going straight to seeking full approval
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism