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Kátia Abreu sends letter to Pope Francisco with appeal for lockdown and vaccines – Prime Time Zone

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“Holy Father, in our beloved Brazil an environment prevails where political disputes overlap the search for the common good,” the senator noted in the document.

Daniel Teixeira / Estadão ContentOn the date of sending the letter to the pope, Brazil reached the mark of 340,776 dead due to complications from Covid-19

In a letter sent to Pope Francisco this Thursday, the 8th, the president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kátia Abreu (PP-TO), appealed to the pontiff to encourage the adoption of the health protocols imposed against Covid-19, including social distance, the closure of municipalities in cases of acute health crises and the breach of vaccine patents.

“I implore Your Holiness’s merciful heart to speak to the Brazilian people about the need for wearing masks and constant hand hygiene, about the importance of physical distance and about the importance of keeping the environments airy. Also talk, dear and kind pastor, about how vital, in cases of acute health crisis, the partial or full closure of cities – called ‘lockdown”- to prevent the virus from spreading and killing even more innocents. Explain how indispensable such preventive measures are, until the definitive immunization does not arrive and we have not reached the safety levels recommended by the specialists. Speak to everyone: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, devotees of all denominations, and also to those who are still looking for answers, so they can know that this is not a discussion between ideologies, between political options, but about something that Your Holiness has a special commitment to defend: the right to life ”, he reported.

In addition, the senator made a special appeal by asking the pontiff to ask authorities around the world for assistance with the production of immunizers against new coronavirus. “In particular, Holy Father, I beg you, from the Vatican’s balcony, to call on international organizations, influential governments and large private companies to open patents for vaccines against Covid-19, and so, share this humanitarian medicine with all developing countries. Only in this way, Holy Father, will it be possible to move, at the necessary speed, towards the rapid and free immunization of all the inhabitants of the planet, especially the poorest. In this global pandemic, there will be no solution that is not fully universal. ” On the date of sending this letter, Brazil reached the mark of 340,776 deaths from complications of the virus.

Still in the document, Kátia Abreu wrote that political interests hinder the conduct of the pandemic and the maintenance of the lives of Brazilians. “With humility and deep respect, I address Your Holiness, so that he may come to the aid of Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, in this hour of great need. […] Dear Pope Francis, I confess, with immense sadness, that in our beloved Brazil an environment prevails where discord and political disputes overlap the search for the common good. Childish discussions, on issues that should have been more than flattened for a long time, confuse and overwhelm us, darkening the conscience of our people. Many powerful voices, instead of educating and enlightening the population, end up sowing cyzania, thereby overshadowing the necessary message about the correct ways to protect themselves, protect others and survive this immense tragedy. ”

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