The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) is cosponsoring the “Interfaith Vigil for Global COVID-19 Vaccine Access” on Tuesday, July 20 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm (EDT US and Canada) on the National Mall in Washington, DC. AFJN’s Policy Analyst, Ntama Bahati, will be offering a prayer. All are welcome to participate in person or online.

All major faith traditions will be participating in the vigil with nearly 70 religious organizations represented. Mourning the loss of 4 millions lives due to COVID-19, faith leaders are calling on President Biden and German Chancellor Merkel to support the TRIPS waiver for vaccine access and are urging the President to share knowledge that will allow countries to make their own safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. They are also calling for a global vaccine manufacturing program of scale and urgency to end the pandemic. 

Interfaith Vigil for Global COVID-19 Vaccine Access
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

12:30-2:00 pm EDT (US and Canada)
3rd St. SW & Madison Dr. NW, National Mall

Washington, DC


Ntama Bahati
Africa Faith and Justice Network

Rev. Dr. John Thomas
African Methodist Episcopal

Rev. Jim Winkler
National Council of Churches 

Peter Maybarduk
Public Citizen 

Lisa Sharon Harper
Freedom Road 

Rev. Neal Christie
Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference

Don McCrabb
United States Catholic Mission Association

Olivia Engling
Jubilee USA 

Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
Bread for the World

Joyce Ajlouny
American Friends Service Committee 

Dr. Pauline Muchina
Advocacy Network for Africa

Organizing Groups:

Advocacy Network for Africa, Africa Faith and Justice Network, All Africa Conference of Churches-CETA, American Friends Service Committee, American Humanist Association, American Jewish World Service, Association of Marianist Universities, Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Baptist World Alliance, Black Church Weekly, Bread for the World, Center for Health and Hope, Christians for Social Action, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Community of Peace in Louisa, VA, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces, Congo Mission Network and CongoTeam @ LOPC, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Friends in Solidarity (with South Sudan), Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, Franciscan Action Network, Freedom Road, Friar Servants of Mary (USA), Friends Committee on National Legislation, Get1Give1Worldwide, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Conference of Justice and Ecology, Jubilee USA Network, Justice is Global, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Methodist Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, NAACUS Advocacy, National Council of Churches, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy: Church of the Brethren, One More Percent, Pacific Conference of Churches (Pacific Realm based in Suva, Fiji), People’s Action, Pisgah United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Progressive National Baptist Convention, Public Citizen, Religions for Peace USA, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sojourners, Soka Gakkai International (USA), Spring Ministries Empowerment Foundation, The Christian Conference of Asia, The Episcopal Church, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, The Kairos Center, Think Big Experts- Thicos, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, United States Catholic Mission Association, World Council of Churches, and Yellow Heart Memorial.