Anglicans join other faith leaders in global call for an end to “vaccine nationalism”

May 7, 2021 by

from ACNS:

Anglicans from around the world have added their names to an open letter written by faith leaders calling for an end to vaccine nationalism.

Prominent Anglicans have added their names to a letter written by faith leaders from around the world calling for an increase in the production of Covid vaccines, and an end to vaccine nationalism. The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, is amongst the prominent Anglicans to sign the letter, which has also been endorsed Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury; Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town; John Davies, Archbishop of Wales; John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; and Dr Mouneer Anis, Archbishop of Alexandria.

They are amongst almost 150 religious leaders who have signed the letter. They are asking leaders at next month’s G7 meeting for a commitment to take all the necessary steps to ensure a global programme of vaccination is undertaken as “a global common good”.

The letter said: “the access of people to life-saving Covid-19 vaccines cannot be dependent on people’s wealth, status, or nationality. We cannot abdicate our responsibilities to our sisters and brothers by imagining that the market can be left to resolve the crisis or pretend to ourselves that we have no obligation to others in our shared humanity. Every person is precious. We have a moral obligation to reach everyone, in every country.”

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