Lusaka, 15 July, 2021 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa has called on President of the U.S., Joe Biden, to use the July 15 meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to persuade her to support the waiver of patent rights on the production of COVID-19 vaccines.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, July 15, the Coordinator of the Africa Task Force of the Vatican Commission on COVID-19, Fr. Charles Chilufya, says the Merkel Summit will be "an epic moral failure" if Germany fails to agree to the waiver that will do away with the exclusive rights granted to manufacturers of the vaccine, therefore facilitating increased production and widespread manufacturing of the inoculation.
"I would like to appeal to my fellow Catholic, I would like to appeal to the president of America, to continue doing as he is doing, but even do more: Get Germany to do what should be done now; support the waiver, so that more medicines may be produced and may be availed to everyone, every country, and everywhere," Fr. Chilufya says.
“President Biden’s faith is a central part of his commitment to social justice. Our Catholic social teaching prioritizes over all else respect for the dignity of the human person,” the Jesuit Priest says, adding that the Markel Summit is “President Biden's moment for true global leadership.”
Germany opposed the US-backed proposal to lift patent rights on COVID-19 jabs in May, saying the "protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation.”