Pope: It would be 'sad' if rich are prioritized for coronavirus vaccine

Pope: It would be 'sad' if rich are prioritized for coronavirus vaccine
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisPope Francis gets COVID-19 vaccine Pope says the 'movement' of violence at the Capitol must be condemned Feehery: The great schism MORE on Wednesday warned against the possibility of wealthier people being prioritized for coronavirus vaccines, calling for the world to "come out better" following the pandemic.

The Associated Press reported that Francis made the remarks as part of his weekly televised address from the Vatican, remarking, “How sad it would be if, for the COVID-19 vaccine, priority is given to the richest.”

“It would be sad if this vaccine were to become the property of this nation or another, rather than universal and for all,” Francis reportedly added.


The pope's remarks follow a frequent theme of his speeches, a warning that the greed of richer people around the world has stifled discussion about poverty and the needs of the poor.

“The pandemic is a crisis. You don’t come out of it the same — either better or worse,″ he said Wednesday.

“The pandemic has laid bare the difficult situation of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world,″ Francis added, according to the AP. ”And the virus, while it doesn’t make exceptions among persons, has found in its path, devastating, great inequalities and discrimination."

Wednesday's remarks come as drugmaker Moderna announced earlier this month that doses of its COVID-19 vaccine currently in development would be priced between $32 and $37. The Trump administration has also secured a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech, makers of another vaccine, for 100 million doses that would be distributed to Americans for free if the vaccine proves safe and effective.

Francis has frequently spoken about the divide between the global rich and poor in the past and in 2018 warned that Christians "cannot stand with arms folded in indifference or with arms outstretched in helplessness" and called for followers of the faith "to live our faith in contact with those in need.”