On Monday, Pope Francis addressed the ambassadors of the Vatican, bemoaning the fact that vaccines had become so politized and that there was so much misinformation surrounding the life-saving shots.

“Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, but they are “the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease.” 

Unfortunately, Francis said, people are influenced by “baseless information or poorly documented facts” which distort reality.

“Each of us has a responsibility to care for ourselves and our health…health care is a moral obligation,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis again appealed to the international community to guarantee everyone access to medical care and vaccines.

“It is appropriate that institutions such as the World trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization adapt their legal instruments lest monopolistic rules constitute further obstacles to production and to an organized and consistent access to health care on a global level.”