Pope repeats call for vaccine to reach poor countries

A researcher in Russia works on a coronavirus vaccine (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

Pope Francis has again urged political leaders to make sure coronavirus vaccines are available to the poorest nations. Source: Crux.

He says in many parts of the world there is a “pharmacological marginalisation” of those without access to health care.

Francis met on Saturday with members of an Italian aid group that collects donated medicines from pharmaceutical companies and distributes them to clinics and centres helping the neediest.

Francis says far too many people die in parts of the world for lack of drugs widely available elsewhere, and political leaders must take their plight into account.

“I repeat, it would be sad if in distributing the [coronavirus] vaccine, priority was given to the wealthiest, or if a vaccine becomes the property of this or that nation and not for everyone,” the Pope said.

Francis has previously called for universal access to the vaccine.

In August, the Pope said the COVID-19 pandemic “has exposed the plight of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world” and it has made those inequalities and discrimination even worse.”

“On the one hand, it is essential to find a cure for this small but terrible virus, which has brought the whole world to its knees. On the other, we must also cure a larger virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and the lack of protection for the weakest,” he said in his August 19 general audience address.

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Pope urges political leaders to ensure coronavirus vaccines get to poor nations (Crux)

Making the poor a priority isn’t political, it’s the Gospel, pope says (NCR Online)

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