ROME — Pope Francis has called for universal distribution of vaccines for COVID-19, insisting that the “richest” individuals should not be first in line to receive them.
“The recent experience of the pandemic, in addition to a major health emergency in which almost a million people have already died, is turning into a serious economic crisis, still giving rise to poor people and families who do not know how to move forward,” the pope told a gathering of the Pharmaceutical Bank Foundation in the Vatican Saturday.
“While charitable assistance is being carried out, it is also a question of combating this pharmaceutical poverty, in particular with a widespread distribution of new vaccines in the world,” he continued.
The pope has repeatedly insisted that in the race to produce a coronavirus vaccine, successful results must be shared by all.
“The share who would definitely get a coronavirus vaccine now stands at just 21% – half the share that said this four months ago,” Pew added.