Coronavirus Plague Vaccine Likely Required for 2021 Ministry to China

Image shows frontline workers lining up to receive the Moderna vaccine in Baltimore Country, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The FDA has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second vaccine used by the U.S. so far against the virus. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved two weeks earlier.

Canada and other countries have begun using these vaccines as well. This week, the European Union began a mass vaccination of 450 million people across all of its countries.

Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is something ministry workers traveling between countries will have to start thinking about, says Eric Burklin of China Partner. “US travelers or international travelers who are going to Mainland China will most likely have to prove to the government there that you’ve been vaccinated. And that’s when you will receive a visa. [I had] a 10-year visa that is invalid now. And so I have to reapply for my tourist visa.”

Burklin also wants to wait until the new U.S. president is inaugurated, as that will likely affect relations with China. “We’re going to listen to our brothers and sisters in China to see how they are feeling. Because there’s been a high tension right now between our two countries. It might not even be feasible right now to go over there as a foreigner to do any kind of work in China. We’re going to be patient.”

China Partner hopes to send a team to China before the summer and again in the fall, connecting with local pastors there.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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