Vatican City, Dec 29, 2020 / 13:27 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
In a note published Dec. 29, the commission, which was formed at Pope Francis’ request in April, stated its six objectives in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.
These objectives will serve as guidelines for the commission’s work, with the general intention of obtaining “a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 so that treatment is available to all, with a particular concern for the most vulnerable…”
The head of the commission, Cardinal Peter Turkson, said in a press release Dec. 29 that the members “are grateful to the scientific community for developing the vaccine in record time. It is now up to us to ensure that it is available to all, especially the most vulnerable. It is a matter of justice. This is the time to show we are one human family.”
Commission member and Vatican official Fr. Augusto Zampini said “the way in which vaccines are deployed – where, to whom, and for how much – is the first step for global leaders to take in committing to fairness and justice as the principles for building a better post-Covid world.”