COVID-19 daily round up of Catholic news. 17th February 2021

UK

Cardinal Nichols restricts distribution of ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass in the Archdiocese of Westminster

https://bit.ly/3px8tKO

Oxford University’s Vaccine Group is recruiting kids as young as 6 to assess the safety of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

https://bit.ly/3di1Bi5

Commonwealth

Australia pushes forward with vaccine certificates, paving way for mandated shots

https://bit.ly/3bcJVlb

COVID-19 claims the lives of Catholic and Anglican leaders in southern Africa

https://bit.ly/2ZsbZLK

Europe

Irish bishop propose DIY method as Ash Wednesday blessings halted by Covid-19

https://bit.ly/2ZoTVSW

USA

8 Million More Living In Poverty, 9 Million Small Businesses In Danger Of Closing, 10 Million Behind On Rent…

https://bit.ly/2OCPJN8

World

WHO issues Call to Action: Vaccine Equity Declaration

https://bit.ly/3jUZEcy

WHO backtracks, says COVID-19 lab leak possibility not ‘discarded’

https://bit.ly/37jgpJm

And finally, Archbishop John Wilson blesses London from the balcony over the west door of the cathedral