World Vision welcomes COVID-19 vaccine announcement and calls on global leaders to  commit to  the most vulnerable in future  roll out  

Monday, November 9th, 2020World Vision welcomes the announcement that an effective vaccine could soon be availablebut calls on global leaders to ensureequitableroll outto those who are most vulnerable around the globe.  

News of the development of a COVID-19 vaccine willbring hope to millions, particularly the world’s mostat-riskpeoplewhose livesare threatened by the pandemicand whose livelihoods have been decimated by thevirus.   

Those who are vulnerableinclude refugees in crowdedcamps,peopleliving in urban slums where the virus spreads moreeasily,the poorest who have sufferedgreatly underlockdowns,many minority populations,and children made more vulnerable by the collapse of family livelihoods.   

It is now vital that, if approved for roll out by the World HealthOrganisation, the vaccine be administered safely and fairly.Global leaders must ensure that first phase allocations are used both strategically tocontainthe pandemic, and morally toprioritise the most vulnerable and highest risk people.  In the meantime, it iscriticalthat people continue to adhere to prevention measures designed tocontainthe spread of COVID-19.  

World Vision has decades of experience partnering with communities in the developing world to combat the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS,Ebolaand childhood diseases.  We know thatin order for the eventual vaccines to be taken up effectively we mustengage communities and that the role of local leaders including faith leaders, community health and development workers is vital toensure its acceptance.  

“We stand ready toassistin aglobalvaccine roll-outcampaignand to engage the hundreds of thousands of faith leaders and over 200,000 local health workers we already work with at community level” saidDan Irvine, Senior Director, Health and Nutrition, World Vision International. 

World Visionworksinsome of the world’s remotest, mostdangerousand challenging environments.   

COVID-19 has infected morethan 50 million, caused 1.2 million deaths, and has reversed decades of development gains in just months. Therefore, we are deeply thankful for all scientists who have worked tirelessly to develop avaccine.  

For more information about World Vision’s COVID response programme that has reached 54 million people in 70 countries visit  www.wvi.org/emergencies/coronavirus-health-crisis/our-impact   

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