Vatican: the pandemic showed the interdependence of the human family

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“Health is the primary common good”: This tragic lesson of the pandemic sheds new light on the interdependence of the human family. This was stated by Monsignor Ivan Yurkovich, Permanent Observer from the Holy See at the UN Geneva Office, speaking at a meeting of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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The Archbishop stressed the need for equitable distribution of vaccines between the North and South of the planet, echoing the words of Pope Francis: “We cannot allow various forms of closed nationalism to prevent us from living as a real human family, which we are.” Fairness, solidarity and inclusiveness, according to the Vatican diplomat, are the three main criteria in addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The Global Agreement for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration requires states to integrate the health needs of migrants into national and local health strategies and plans,” Monsignor Jurkovic emphasized. The Global Compact for Refugees invites states and stakeholders to provide resources and expertise “to improve the quality of national health systems to facilitate access for refugees and host communities.”

The Archbishop noted that migrants often do not have the same right to participate in public life as others, although they have the same universal and inalienable dignity: “It is regrettable that in the midst of a pandemic, many migrants are more vulnerable than before. It is even more alarming that illegal immigrants often hesitate to seek medical help for fear of being detained or deported. “

Health care should not be considered a privilege, but be accessible and affordable for everyone, including the most vulnerable: “Access to the health care system should never be subject to political or ideological manipulation. It should be governed by non-discriminatory and overarching laws, policies and practices firmly based on the inherent nature and dignity of human life at every stage, that is, from conception, development to the natural end, ”the archbishop emphasized.

A spokesman for the Holy See raised the issue of climate change, “which increasingly encourages people to leave cdjb at home and face the dangers of migration. Therefore, there should be no doubt about the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on human health. “

“As Pope Francis says, after the pandemic, the world will be better or worse. However, there is no doubt that migration – whatever its causes – will play an ever greater role in our society. Therefore, taking into account the tragic lessons of the pandemic, now is the time to rethink the parameters of human coexistence through the prism of brotherhood and solidarity, ”said Archbishop Yurkovich at the end of his speech.

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