Pope Francis has urged the international community to step up COVID vaccination and says ‘reality therapy’ is needed to battle “baseless information” putting people off getting jabbed.
FILE: Demonstrators hold up banners and placards during a protest against COVID-19 vaccinations in front of Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on 21 August 2021.Picture: Rodger Bosch/AFP
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Monday urged the international community to step up COVID vaccination and said “reality therapy” was needed to battle “baseless information” putting people off getting jabbed.
The Argentine pontiff, who has previously described getting vaccinated as “an act of love”, urged governments to ensure everyone around the world had access to vaccines.
“Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,” he told members of the Vatican’s diplomatic corps.
“The pandemic, on the other hand, urges us to adopt a sort of ‘reality therapy’ that makes us confront the problem head on and adopt suitable remedies to resolve it,” the 85-year-old said.
While vaccines were “not a magical means of healing” they were “surely … the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease,” Francis said.
But he pointed out the plan for everyone in the world to have equal access to vaccines currently remained “an illusion”.