There is need to understand the factors and circumstances behind low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa, the leadership of the Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), has said.
The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.
Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Bauchi State are encouraging the people of God within their pastoral region to take part in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise amid reported low uptake of the jab.
A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has reprimanded critics of COVID-19 vaccines for discouraging others from taking the jab, saying that dissuading others from the inoculation is doing them injustice.
The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has, in a report, outlined its efforts in supporting the fight against COVID-19 in African countries.
A series of letter templates released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) allows Catholic to contact vaccine makers and ask them to stop relying on cell lines from aborted babies.
Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) have maintained their strong opposition to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination in the East African nation, saying their caution against the coronavirus vaccine means well for the people in the country and in other African countries seeking to administer the vaccine.
Ahead of the March 10-11 meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Council), the leadership of an international alliance of Catholic development agencies in Europe and North America is advocating for “equal global access” to COVID-19 vaccines.
Catholic Bishops in Malawi have, in a collective message, described COVID-19 vaccine as “an act of love of our neighbor”, endorsing the administration of the batch that arrived in the country March 5.
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine that arrived in the country on March 3, saying the inoculation is “licit, ethically acceptable and an act of charity.”
Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, asked the government to work toward dispelling concerns among citizens regarding COVID-19 vaccine.
On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day marked March 1, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has decried the discrimination of poor countries in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it a “shocking injustice.”
The Archbishop of Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo Archdiocese has endorsed the planned coronavirus vaccination program in the Southern African nation amid a surge in reported cases of COVID-19.
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have asked that medical experts in the West African country be allowed to subject COVID-19 vaccines coming into the country to independent tests to allay fears among the public about the safety of the coronavirus jab.
There is no proper information on the COVID-19 vaccine that is set to be administered to South Africans to combat the coronavirus, which is fast spreading in the country, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is “morally acceptable” to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced using cell lines from aborted fetuses when no alternative is available.
Vatican City will begin to offer coronavirus vaccinations in January, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.
As the controversial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) was getting underway in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to discuss, among other issues, “drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development,” a bioethicist has disclosed that some groups in developed countries, including abortion extremists, are using vaccines as a means to control population in the world, including Africa.