Pope Francis said Monday that COVID-19 vaccination is a “moral obligation” as part of caring for the health of oneself and others. He urged international efforts to vaccinate the world’s population.
In Monday’s address to diplomats serving in the Vatican, the Pope said the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause social isolation and claim lives. However, he noted that potent vaccinations had effectively lowered the risk of the disease. He said it was important to vaccinate as much of the general population as possible and called for broad commitments on a personal, political and international level.
According to the Pope, everyone is responsible for the health of ourselves and those around us. “This means respecting the health of the people around us. Maintaining health is a moral obligation,” he said.
However, he acknowledged the current “ideological gap” supported by “baseless information or untrue facts.” He said such ideological statements undermine “the bond of human reason with the objective reality of things.” “Vaccine is not a miraculous cure, but it certainly needs to be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of this disease,” he said.
The Pope urged a comprehensive commitment by the international community to ensure “all the world’s population can have equal access to essential medical care and vaccines,” and called on all countries to work through the World Health Organization to support universal access to diagnostic tools, vaccines and drugs. [ka/lt]