AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Bishops: "The protection of one's own life and the health of others is a moral duty"

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 coronavirus   episcopal conferences  

La Paz (Agenzia Fides) - "The global Covid-19 pandemic is causing suffering, uncertainty, fear and fatigue in the entire population. We think of the victims of this pandemic, their families and those who are currently suffering from the disease or its economic and social consequences. This is the time of solidarity and brotherhood, in which we have to overcome individualism in order to seek the common good together, as Pope Francis emphasizes", said the Bishops of Bolivia in their statement, published yesterday, January 11, in which they invite Catholics to take care of their health and that of others in the face of the "second wave" of Covid-19. On January 11, the country's Ministry of Health reported 1,392 new infections with a total of 175,288 infected and 9,415 dead, out of a total population of 11.5 million.
"Protecting one's life and the health of others is a moral duty. This is why we ask to take care of ourselves, as a human need, which is the basis of all other considerations", write the Bishops, who reject "opinions and reckless behaviors that endanger their own lives and that of others". They therefore warn against such opinions when they are based "on alleged religious principles that call the statements of health experts into question and simulate false security ... or advise against medicines and other means proposed by experts, which creates confusion and seriously endangers life and health".
The Bishops recall that the Holy Father invited political leaders and pharmaceutical companies to "guarantee access to Covid-19 vaccines" and recall the proclamation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that "the morality of vaccination is not just in the duty to protect one's own health, but also the duty to strive for the common good". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/1/2021)