Pope Francis Calls for Vaccine Prioritization to the Vulnerable Populations
The annual Christmas address by Pope Francis understandably focused on the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. During the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” speech from the historic St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the pope urged authorities to prioritize the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the vulnerable and the needy. Referring to the vaccine as a “light of hope,” the pope was clearly bolstered by the rollout of the immunization in medical communities.
Other Tenets of the Christmas Speech
COVID-19 was not the only issue that Pope Francis touched on during his address. He used this time in front of millions in the Catholic Church to speak of the dangers of ignoring the mounting environmental crisis. The pope also talked about the dangers of economic inequality and nationalism. In this stirring speech, he warned the world to not let feelings of nationalism impede them from loving each other as fellow human beings. Not surprisingly, the pope used the Christmas address to remind the world of God’s love.
Political Figures Under Fire for Taking Vaccine
Numerous political figures have come under fire for taking the vaccine ahead of those who are older or battling coexisting health conditions. Most recently, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was criticized for taking the vaccine at only 31 years old and in good health. Fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar passive-aggressively criticized Ocasio-Cortez for saying that politicians should not be able to cut in line to get the vaccine because of their perceived importance. Ocasio-Cortez received the vaccine live on her Instagram less than two weeks after it was made available to frontline health care workers.