Vatican City – During his Christmas message, aired inside the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis called on rich nations in the developed world to share the newly-rolled out Covid19 vaccines with their poorer counterparts.
“(We cannot) allow the virus of radical individualism to get the better of us and make us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers and sisters,” he said.
“I cannot place myself ahead of others, letting the law of the marketplace and patents take precedence over the law of love and the health of humanity.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) had said that hoarding of vaccines would only deepen the pandemic, which has so far claimed close to 2 million lives.
According to a report in the British Medical Journal, about one-fourth of the world’s population (or 200 billion) will not get the needed vaccine until 2022, as many leaders of nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are concerned they won’t be able to provide the anti-virus doses to much of their populations.
In a previous public address, the Pope said the Covid vaccine should be considered as “universal property” meant for everyone, which is why rich countries should not hoard the commodity.
He said “it would be sad” if the vaccine becomes the exclusive property of rich countries, to the detriment of the poor countries.
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