September 23, 2017
It was a day of celebration for many reasons. The 2017 Global Citizen Festival, which brought together world leaders, musical artists, celebrities and activists in New York’s Central Park, served as the backdrop for Johnson & Johnson to announce that they will soon be bringing an HIV vaccine to large-scale efficacy testing in humans. Introduced by entertainers and activists Whoopi Goldberg & Hugh Jackman, Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels said from the Global Citizen stage and live on MSNBC, “As a scientist and a physician, I can tell you this vaccine holds the promise of groundbreaking development…these results make me more optimistic than ever before that we will get to a HIV vaccine in our lifetime.” Here is the video of Stoffels’ announcement. This year marked the 6th Global Citizen Festival, and it featured 60,000 fans and performances by Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Pharrell and The Chainsmokers, among others. Johnson & Johnson is a core partner of Global Citizen and had a large presence throughout the Festival, including showcasing different content and stories from its efforts around the world. Its on-site activation also included multiple photo stations, where people were able to pose in front of two different 3-D backdrops created by artists Joe and Max. Through J&J’s Donate A Photo app, for each photo taken a donation was made to such causes as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute. As a partner of Johnson & Johnson, Synergy played a role in supporting all aspects of J&J’s on-site presence and activation at this year’s Festival.