Pope calls for cooperation on coronavirus vaccine development, international sharing

Pope calls for cooperation on coronavirus vaccine development, international sharing
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Pope FrancisPope FrancisMcCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue Pope Francis urges Catholic media to 'overcome the diseases of racism, injustice and indifference' Countries are using the coronavirus to repress and persecute MORE on Sunday urged international cooperation to create a coronavirus vaccine during his weekly address.

“In fact, it is important to unite scientific capabilities, in a transparent and impartial way to find vaccines and treatments,” he said from the papal library, where he’s been delivering the address amid Italy’s lockdown, according to Reuters

He also pressed that when a vaccine is created it should be available widely across the world. 

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Francis said it's important to “guarantee universal access to essential technologies that allow each infected person, in every part of the world, to receive the necessary medical treatment,” according to Reuters. 

The World Health Organization launched an initiative in April in collaboration with world leaders to accelerate the development of tests, drugs and vaccines against the coronavirus and share them around the world. The U.S. is not involved in the initiative. 

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3.5 million and killed 248,169 globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.