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ROM (AP) – An eclectic mix of attendees will attend a unique three-day Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats, and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them.
In addition to Pope Francis, Dr. Anthony Fauci, soprano Renee Fleming, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith on the event.
The conference, which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday with a virtual audience with the Pope, was planned long before the pandemic broke out last year. Organizers say it has only gained importance in the face of growing appreciation for the need for global health care access, recent advances in vaccine technology, and a better understanding of the mental health costs of loneliness.
Fauci, who leads the U.S. pandemic response, told the online conference Thursday in recorded remarks that the pandemic had confirmed to him that faith and science are constantly evolving – and that scientists in particular must humbly admit that they are not all Answers have the time.
One response Fauci said was that the key to overcoming current vaccine hesitation is connecting the right medical message with the right messenger.
“You have someone who is a deeply religious person who listens to their clergy. It’s different from me when a suit goes into an area where people are asked to do something, ”he said.
He was referring to religiously inspired resistance to ingestion of COVID-19 vaccines, which were developed indirectly using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses. The Vatican has stated that not only are all COVID-19 vaccines morally acceptable, but that people have a moral responsibility to take the shocks to protect others.
Fauci opens the multidisciplinary conference, which was originally supposed to take place in the Vatican in May 2020 but was postponed for a year and finally put online due to the pandemic.
However, the virtual format has enabled an even greater variety of participants.
A Harvard neuroscientist has a conversation with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry about brain health and rock stars. Soprano Fleming will take part in a panel discussion on the role of music in treating cardiac patients. Supermodel Cindy Crawford has a slot to talk about “beauty inside out,” and Chelsea Clinton is working with an Italian health official to promote equal access to health care.
Stephane Bancel, Moderna CEO, speaks about the mRNA technology behind Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine while his Pfizer counterpart Albert Bourla leads a discussion on preparedness for future global health crises.
The conference, which is attended by prominent US journalists as moderators and scholars in various fields, also has a religious component. Rabbis, cardinals, imams and representatives of Christian denominations discuss the role of religion and spirituality in health.
It is the fifth time the Vatican Ministry of Culture has partnered with the Cura Foundation to host a conference that aims to combine advances in science and technology with ideas on how to implement them effectively, efficiently, and at lower cost can.
“People are very focused on the pandemic. It changed our lives in so many ways. But there are also other areas of our health that are affected, ”said Dr. Robin Smith, Founder and President of the Cura Foundation.
The aim of the conference is to address political, religious and ideological differences and to focus on improving health care around the world.
“We really want to check it all out at the door and say, ‘How can you make a difference? How can we help?'”