A health professional in Porto Alegre, Brazil, holds an ampoule of the CoronaVac vaccine, which was developed by China's Sinovac Biotech and is partly manufactured locally by the Butantan biomedical institute.


With World Immunization Week approaching, the World Council of Churches (WCC) intensifies its long-time engagement in health-related issues. On Wednesday, 28 April at 3 pm CET, a half-hour online media briefing will be held to present the latest WCC initiatives to meet health challenges across the globe. This includes the appointment of Vaccination Champions, as well as the Health-promoting Churches Handbook and other tools designed to facilitate implementation of life-saving vaccination programmes and other health initiatives.

After a 15-minute presentation, questions will be answered by a panel consisting of:

  • WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri. 
  • WCC president for Europe Archbishop emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, who also serves as a Vaccination Champion.  
  • Dr Mwai Makoka, WCC programme executive for Health and Healing.

The WCC cordially invites you to learn more about our comprehensive Health and Healing programme, with particular focus on our engagement in World Immunization Week and the opportunity it offers to ramp up support for COVID-19 vaccination programmes and other initiatives.   

Looking forward to seeing you online, we kindly ask you to accredit yourself by email to with your name and your media outlet and we will revert with a zoom-link prior to the briefing.    

Where: on Zoom for media  asking questions  to the panel, for just following and listening visit

For media unable to attend, the briefing will be live streamed and available on YouTube afterwards.      

Most welcome!

Media contact:

Marianne Ejdersten,
WCC Communication director
+41 79 507 6363
+41 22  791 6018

More information:

WCC answers your questions about vaccines (WCC interview with Dr Mwai Makoka, 26 April 2021)

WCC Vaccine Champions ready to serve (WCC press release 23 April 2021)

WCC to observe World Immunization Week, encouraging vaccinations for global health (WCC press release 22 April 2021)

COVID-19 Resources | World Council of Churches