International (MNN) — The United Nations wants Western leaders to discuss vaccine sharing at the upcoming G7 summit. The head of UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, asked G7 leaders to donate extra vaccines as an emergency stop-gap measure.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in Monday’s press release:
“While some G7 members have greater supply than others, and some have further advanced domestic rollouts, an immediate collective commitment to pool excess supply and share the burden of responsibility could buttress vulnerable countries against becoming the next global hotspot.”
“There’s a very large disparity between the West and the global South area. For example, herd immunity is expected for North America and Europe by the end of 2021. In many regions of the world – for instance, in Africa – it’s not expected until 2023,” DOOR International’s Rob Myers says.
“And many of you are aware that in Asia, several countries are seeing an incredible spike of COVID right now.”
DOOR works alongside Deaf communities throughout the global South. Many Deaf people were economically vulnerable before the pandemic hit. Now, they’re struggling even more to find basic life essentials.
Through its “30 for 30” program, DOOR equips Deaf believers to meet physical needs in Christ’s name.
Gifts from DOOR supporters allow Deaf leaders to purchase food and other essentials from local sources. Then, Deaf church planters deliver aid packages and the Gospel message of hope to those most in need.
“We would love for people to continue to come alongside our church planters and the work that they’re trying to accomplish within their communities,” Myers says.
“You can also sign up for our prayer calendar [to] find out what’s happening in the field and how you can directly pray for some of these needs.”
In the header image, a Deaf mother in South Sudan receives emergency aid and a message of hope provided through DOOR’s “30 for 30” program. (Photo courtesy of DOOR International)