A few days ago I said to someone "I wish that when we went to get our vaccine, we could push a magic button to finance one for someone else in the world."
Lo and behold, in my inbox this morning arrived news of a new initiative from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). According to the PWRDF news post:
With the cooperation of the Anglican Church of Canada and our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, PWRDF has created a fund for Anglicans eager to “pay it forward.” Now when you receive your vaccine, you have the opportunity to “Pay it forward” and make a donation to PWRDF’s Vaccine Equity Fund.
“We must ask how we can share the benefits of health care and vaccinations many of us enjoy, with others who need it,” writes Primate Linda. “Canada will have excess vaccine – will we donate it to other nations? Will our government do its part to provide increased funds to COVAX [a pact among nations to share vaccines with all countries] to ensure that availability? Will we ask for a temporary suspension of trade restrictions (which currently control the price of the vaccine) so that production can reach heavily populated areas?”
Vaccine equity is a fundamental expression of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) through which we demonstrate our love of God and of neighbour, says Primate Linda.
This latest PWRDF initiative joins previous efforts that have targeted COVID-specific needs around the world. Please click here to learn more about this work to offer help during the pandemic, and how you can donate.