Leticia (Agenzia Fides) - The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) active in the Amazon region, started the “Vacuna Amazonia” initiative this week after the number of deaths due to the coronavirus infection in the Amazon region has now reached 100,037 and vaccinations have so far only been carried out to a limited extent in these areas.
"Some of the factors causing this problem include the lack of sufficient vaccines to immunize the Amazon population and misinformation in different parts of the area", said a statement on the initiative published by Repam.
It is precisely the misinformation that prevents the organization and implementation of a vaccination campaign in some places. In fact, Repam points out that "many people have refused to be vaccinated. But this scenario, which is exacerbated by the emergence of new 'variants'' of the virus, which are becoming more and more dangerous and deadly, is now endangering the lives of the population".
The initiative that has now been launched aims to draw attention around the world to the tragedy that the Amazon region is currently experiencing as a result of the pandemic. First, it appeals to national governments, "to spare no effort to buy and deliver vaccines for the Amazon region, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable". In addition, the population is called upon to
"to get vaccinated and not be fooled by misinformation. The communities themselves should motivate and promote such action for the common good". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 5/8/2021)