Pope Francis has said the world’s poorest people must have access to a coronavirus vaccine if one becomes available.
“How sad it would be if access to a COVID-19 vaccine was made a priority for the richest. It would be sad if the vaccine became property of such-and-such nation and not universal for everyone,” the Pope said during his general audience.
The pandemic “has uncovered the plight of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world”, he said.
“On the one hand, it is imperative to find the cure for a small but terrible virus, which is bringing the whole world to its knees,” he added.
“On the other hand, we must cure a great virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and lack of protection for the weakest.”