Pope Francis calls on countries to share COVID-19 vaccines in Christmas message

Pope Francis used his Christmas message to say Covid-19 vaccines must be available for all, and pleaded with states to cooperate in the pandemic.

During his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message at the Vatican, the Pope said, “Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty during the pandemic, different lights of hope appear, like the discovery of the vaccines…they must be available to everyone.”

He added, “I beg all those in charge of states, of companies, of international bodies…to promote cooperation and not competition and to seek a solution for everyone, vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all regions of the globe.”

Pope Francis called for “generosity and support,” particularly towards those experiencing unemployment, hardship and domestic violence during the pandemic.

He also called for an end to conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, as well as an easing of suffering across the American continent.

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