AMERICA/ECUADOR - Bishops to the authorities: the most vulnerable people must receive the vaccine first

Saturday, 20 February 2021 lent   coronavirus   episcopal conferences  

Quito (Agenzia Fides) - "We ask public authorities to facilitate the procedures for the purchase and administration of vaccines, respecting the established criteria, so that the most vulnerable people receive it first, and not those related to the family, to friends or institutions, which are not at the forefront of the danger of contagion or in the fight against the epidemic". This is what the bishops of Ecuador request in their Lenten message entitled "Responsibility", sent to Agenzia Fides.
With Ash Wednesday, the Catholic Church begins the Lenten season in order to prepare herself to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with joy, the Bishops recall, inviting us "to renew our faith, hope and charity" and to live "fasting, prayer and alms, according to Pope Francis' exhortation. "Faith in the gratuitous love of God and in each of us prompts us to lead a life free from everything that hinders us and to share our goods with those in need". "Hope puts us in contact with the Living Water that encourages and supports us to overcome fragility, anxiety and uncertainty and to open ourselves to the present and the future with the peace and joy that the Lord grants us" .
Finally, charity-love makes us compassionate and in solidarity with people who suffer from loneliness, illness or discrimination. In light of Pope Francis' message, the Bishops recommend that all Ecuadorians "follow, once again with greater responsibility, the norms established by the health authorities". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/2/2021)