How vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. harms the Philippines and other poor countries

2 September 2021


An urgent message from Filipino Dominican priest and scientist Nicanor Austrico, O.P., PhD, to Catholics in the US – but it also applies to us Australians – on how vaccine hesitancy harms the Philippines and other poor countries.

Nicanor Austrico, O.P., PhD, a Filipino-American molecular biologist and Catholic priest from Providence College in Rhode Island, answers a question from Jeannie Gaffigan about what Americans can do to help those in developing nations and to protect human life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fr Austrico was speaking as part of a panel during a webinar on Tuesday entitled ‘Vaccination is a Life Issue’ which was moderated by Catholic speaker Jeannie Gaffigan, and hosted by the Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Religion and Spirituality in California.

Emphasising Catholic and Christian perspectives and solutions, scientists, theologians, and health care professionals will sort out the real knowledge from the misinformation in the hour-long discussion aimed at improving understanding of this public health crisis and what each of can do to bring it to an end.

You can read some of Fr Austrico’s past writing on the morality of the COVID vaccine here, and an interview with Crux’s John Allen here.

To watch the full webinar, please click here.

With thanks to Where Peter Is Media.

The Diocese of Parramatta has messages from leaders in our Church on the Church’s position on vaccinations. They have been translated into 13 languages. You can access them here.

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