August 21, 2020, 11.17 PM

ROME, KOMPAS.com – Pope Francis frowned upon the idea that a country would withhold a coronavirus vaccine and prevent it from being universally available.

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis stated "It would be sad if the rich are given priority for the Covid-19 vaccine.

It would be sad if the vaccine becomes property of this or that nation, if it is not universal and for everyone."

Read also: WHO to Assess Russias Coronavirus Vaccine for Approval

He warned that rich countries should not hoard a coronavirus vaccine.

The Vatican Pope believes that pandemic-related bailouts should be given to companies committed to environmental protection and helping vulnerable groups and the ‘common good.’

On Tuesday, the WHO stated that any nation that does not share any potential Covid-19 vaccines would worsen the existing pandemic.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has warned against "vaccine nationalism", urged countries to join a global pact by an August 31 deadline to share vaccine hopefuls with developing countries.

Read also: Indonesia Aims to Export Covid-19 Vaccine Manufactured by State-Run Bio Farma

More than 150 vaccines are in development, about two dozen are in human studies and a handful are in late-stage trials.

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