Vatican City, Holy See:
Pope Francis and his predecessor, former Pope Benedict XVI, have received the coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican said Thursday.
“I can confirm that, as part of the Vatican City State vaccination program to date, the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus,” the porter said. – speech Matteo Bruni.
It was previously reported that Francis, 84, received the vaccine on Wednesday, the first day of the Vatican’s vaccination campaign, but officials declined to confirm the news.
The Vatican News portal said Benedict, 93, received a dose on Thursday morning.
The former pontiff, who resigned in 2013 and now lives in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens, is increasingly fragile.
In an interview that aired over the weekend, Francis urged people to get vaccinated.
“There is suicidal denial that I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated,” he told Canale 5.
The Argentine is known for his love of being part of his herd and has often been photographed without a mask.
But he has limited his interaction with the public since the virus first swept through Italy early last year.
There were concerns about how he would cope if infected, given both his age and his history of lung problems.
The Pope almost died at the age of 21 after developing pleurisy, according to biographer Austen Ivereigh, which caused him to remove part of one of his lungs.
He recalled the incident in a recent book, “Let Us Dream,” saying, “I have some idea of how people with coronavirus feel as they struggle to breathe on ventilators.”
Media have suggested that Pope Francis received the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, which was approved for use in the European Union on December 21.
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