- At the start of the pandemic Kim Kardashian got in touch with Dr Anthony Fauci hoping to spread awareness about Covid-19.
- The reality star organised a Zoom call, which included celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry and Ashton Kutcher.
- Fauci, one of the leading members of the White House coronavirus task force, said he agreed to the call because he knew of the influence celebrities have over the public.
Kim Kardashian organised a private Zoom call with Dr Anthony Fauci at the beginning of the pandemic.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force told CNN that the chat, which took place in April, included "a whole bunch of movie stars and some sports figures".
"They wanted to know about what they could do to stay safe, about wearing masks and avoiding crowds," Dr Fauci said. "I was impressed by the questions they asked, by their level of sophistication."
According to People, 36 A-listers were on the call, including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, 2 Chainz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, and more.
Chatting to CNN, he explained that he agreed to the call knowing the influence of these celebrities. "Each of them has enormous numbers of followers on their social media accounts. I could say to them, for example, it's important to wear a mask, and they get on their accounts and say 'wear a mask', and it goes out to an additional couple of million people," he said.
According to sources close to Kim, the reality star got in touch with Dr Fauci, wanting to learn more and spread awareness.