Justice, Peace and Sustainability Weekly Announcement
July 29, 2021
Urge President Biden to Promote Global Vaccine Access
While the United States has a surplus of COVID-19 vaccines, many countries around the world still have little to no access to them. This inequality has led to prolonged shutdowns, worsening hunger, poverty and avoidable sickness and death around the world. In addition, virus variants are emerging in areas without vaccine access and threatening to make existing vaccines less effective.
As people of faith, we believe all life is interconnected and that we cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of our neighbors, near or far. We need a full-scale global vaccine campaign to address the grave threats so many are still facing from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to urge the Biden administration to take further steps to pursue a massive global vaccine access campaign.
Over 80 faith-based organizations have issued a letter – including the IHM Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office – calling on the Biden administration to take these same key steps. Your message will help amplify the urgent call to address global vaccine inequity.
“Did You Know…?” Last week, Joan Mumaw, IHM joined faith leaders from around the world on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a “Global Interfaith Prayer Service for Vaccine Equity” to urge President Biden to share COVID-19 vaccine stockpiles and to advocate for equitable global distribution of vaccines. Click here for news coverage of the vigil. Click here to access a recording of the vigil. You will find Joan’s prayer at the 22:30 mark. (Be sure to click on the speaker icon in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen to turn on the sound.)