Springsteen is back on Broadway – but no AstraZeneca vaccine is allowed | Bruce springsteen
Bruce Springsteen brings glory days back to New York City next week, when his show becomes the first to reopen on Broadway since the lights went out for the coronavirus pandemic. But fans without US government-approved vaccines will be left dancing in the dark.
The boss has set tough rules for attendees of Springsteen on Broadway, which will reopen June 26 at St James’s Theater. For admission, ticket holders must be able to prove that they have received one of three Covid-19 vaccines with emergency use clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration: the two-dose vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine.
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, UK and other countries, will not be allowed. to enter for what the show’s producers charge for “an intimate night with Bruce, his guitar, a piano and his stories.”
Understandably, the news was not well received in Canada, where the Toronto Star published a report on the perceived snub with the title Burn in the United States, a play on the title of one of the most successful hits. sold from Springsteen, 71.
“The show must go on. But if you have the AstraZeneca vaccine, you are not invited,” the newspaper wrote.
The owners of the theater, Jujamcyn, said it imposed the stipulation “on the management of the state of New York”, and that the only exception would be for children 16 years of age or under, who must always produce proof of ” a recent negative Covid-19 test and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
Wearing a mask is not compulsory and the producers stress that the seats inside the theater with a capacity of 1,710 places are not socially distant.
Springsteen on Broadway is seen as a test for a wider Broadway reopening, with many other shows not planning their own curtain-raisers until September or later.
The singer expressed his frustration at not being able to perform due to the pandemic in an interview with the New York Times last year. “My band is at its best, and we have accumulated so much knowledge and know-how about what we do that it was a time in my life where I said, ‘I want to use it as much as I can. “”, did he declare.
“I am at a point in my life as a player and in my artistic life where I have never felt so vital. “
AstraZeneca has had a bumpy ride trying to get its vaccine approved in the United States. The company says the vaccination is 76% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19, 85% effective in those over 65, and 100% effective against serious illness and hospitalization.
Despite the vaccine’s approval in Canada, the UK and Europe, the FDA has demanded evidence of larger-scale 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 application in the United States and going straight to the full approval application.