Pope Francis: “We especially need a justly financed vaccine solidarity”

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

In a letter addressed to the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Pope Francis asked for “a justly financed vaccine solidarity”.

As the groups meet this spring, the Pope stresses that it is his hope that their discussions may contribute to a model of ‘recovery’ capable of generating new, more inclusive, and sustainable solutions to support the real economy, assisting individuals and communities to achieve their deepest aspirations and the universal common good.

“Relieving the burden of debt of so many countries and communities today, is a profoundly human gesture that can help people to develop, to have access to vaccines, health, education and jobs”, he said.

 “We especially need a justly financed vaccine solidarity, for we cannot allow the law of the marketplace to take precedence over the law of love and the health of all”.

The Pope has reiterated his call “to government leaders, businesses and international organizations to work together in providing vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy (cf. Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas Day 2020)”.

Full text: Letter of the Holy Father to the participants in the 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund

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