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Matthew McConaughey, Lin-Manuel Miranda set for NBC vaccine special

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Matthew McConaughey, Lin-Manuel Miranda set for NBC vaccine special
Matthew McConaughey is set to star in NBC's "Roll Up Your Sleeves" vaccine special. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 2 (UPI) -- NBC has announced plans to air Roll Up Your Sleeves, a one-hour special about the COVID-19 vaccine featuring Matthew McConaughey and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Former first lady Michelle Obama and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci will also appear on the program, which is slated to premiere on April 18.

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The network said in a press release that the special is intended to "raise awareness and encourage the American public to get vaccinated to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Roll Up Your Sleeves will include interviews, testimonials and entertainment.

"We are honored to present an hour of television devoted to increasing vaccinations in America and help end a cataclysmic pandemic," Jen Neal -- executive vice president of live events, specials and E! News -- said in a statement Thursday.

"The entertainment, comedic and music communities, along with first lady Michelle Obama, have come together for the special, which will be inspirational, poignant and, at times, humorous. The overriding message: get vaccinated, end the pandemic and get your life and the life of the country back on track."

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