2021-11-01 12:35:00

Russian Orthodox Church calls on G20 countries to drop differences over pandemic challenges

Moscow, November 1, Interfax - The G20 countries should put their political differences aside to save people's lives and health during the coronavirus pandemic, a metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

"The issue of closer interaction between the G20 countries is long overdue, especially in today's situation of the pandemic. We should understand that the G20 countries can have considerable differences, they, differences, exist on a political level in particular, but when it comes to people's health, when it comes to people's lives, when it comes to a common challenge to the whole of mankind, it seems to me that political differences should be set aside," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the program Church and the World on Rossiya-24 television.

The issue of mutual recognition of vaccines is long overdue as Russian vaccines are no worse than Western vaccines, but people who were vaccinated in Russia constantly face discrimination when they come to Western countries.

The EU has special QR codes that people use to enter restaurants and other public places, the hierarch said. "It's impossible to receive such QR code if a person is vaccinated, let's say, with a Russian vaccine, not with any of the vaccines approved in the EU. But the same thing works the opposite way, that is, people who come to Russia from the West, their vaccines are not recognized here, and therefore, of course, this issue is overdue, and we would like to hope that it will be resolved," the metropolitan said.