Archbishop Makarios of Australia paid a three-day visit to Melbourne at the invitation of the University of Victoria and the head of the research team for the COVID-19 treatment, Vaso Apostolopoulou, who is a distinguished pioneer researcher for developing the world’s first breast cancer vaccine.
The scientists first made a presentation on the research progress on COVID-19 medication and vaccine development, and then answered the questions posed by the Archbishop and his entourage.
The Archbishop was accompanied by Archdeacon Athenagoras, who holds a PhD in Physics from Stanford University, and the Director of the Archbishop’s Office, Deacon Christoforos.
Seeing the importance of the project, the Archbishop said, “I am very optimistic that the research currently being carried out at this Research Center will bear fruit and we will soon be able to fight the pandemic. I wish and pray that the time of God will come and that humankind will be saved. I congratulate you on your efforts, I share your concern.”
Vaso Apostolopoulou stressed that “we asked for special permission to bring Archbishop Makarios to the laboratory so that he can give us his blessing. Since the Archbishop has research experience, he can understand our struggle. We want his support, blessing and prayer.”