Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine


Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned in a press release that he was “able to confirm that within the vaccine program of the Vatican City State, to this date the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus.”

The assertion didn’t say when 84-year-old Pope Francis or his 93-year-old predecessor have been inoculated. Vatican City started its vaccine program on Wednesday in a medical heart set-up inside its most important Auditorium Hall, the place the pontiff typically holds his weekly audiences. Both males are at larger threat of contracting the virus due to their age.

In current weeks, Francis has spoken a number of instances with reference to vaccines. Over the weekend, he mentioned folks have an “ethical duty” to take the vaccine and confirmed he was in line to obtain one as soon as the Vatican’s vaccination program obtained underway.

“I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine. It is not an option, it is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others,” the pontiff mentioned in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 channel broadcast on Sunday night time.

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He additionally used his Christmas message to ask nations to share vaccines, including that “they must be available to everyone.”

“I beg all those in charge of states, of companies, of international bodies … to promote cooperation and not competition and to seek a solution for everyone, vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all regions of the globe,” the Pope mentioned throughout his conventional Urbi et Orbi (to town and the world) message on the Vatican.

Former Pope Benedict XVI at the airport in Munich, southern Germany in June 2020

On Saturday, the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano introduced Francis’ private physician, Fabrizio Soccorsi, had died because of “complications due to Covid.”

Francis selected Soccorsi as his private physician in 2015, the information outlet mentioned.

Soccorsi, 78, was hospitalized in a Rome on December 26 for a earlier oncological illness, in accordance with the Italian Bishop’s Conference newspaper Avvenire. It’s unclear precisely when he was final in direct contact with Pope Francis.

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