Renee Fleming.Mary Altaffer AP 2012

Here’s a lineup we’ve seldom seen: Dr. Fauci, the Pope, Renee Fleming and the Arrowsmith drummer Joe Perry, at a 3-day video conference on Covid-19 and other health threats at the Vatican, which began Thursday. The long-planned conference is exploring how science, spirituality and human solidarity can interact to enhance human well-being. The CEOs of vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna are in the lineup too; Cindy Crawford is leading a panel and soprano Fleming will take about music as a balm for cardiac patients. Dr. Fauci discussed religious resistance to the vaccination, saying, “You have someone who’s a deeply religious person who will listen to their clergy. That’s different than me with a suit going into an area telling people to do something.” The Vatican has given its moral approval of the vaccines and said people have a moral obligation to get the shot to help protect their neighbors. Above: Ms. Fleming at a dress rehearsal in 2012. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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