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Will Pope Francis be the first? Vatican receives anticovid vaccines – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

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Vatican / 13.01.2021 09:30:11

The Vatican State today began its vaccination campaign against covid-19 among its inhabitants and employees and these days both Pope Francis and the pontiff emeritus, Benedict XVI, will also be vaccinated.

The director of the Vatican press office reported that a room to vaccinate has been installed in the atrium of the Paul VI hall, but did not give more information on who was the first or how many vaccines have reached the small pontifical state.

The Health and Hygiene Directorate of the Vatican City has already announced that about 10,000 vaccines had been reserved from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. The first doses arrived this Tuesday, according to what has been learned.

Thus began the vaccination for the nearly 3,000 employees and families and 800 residents of the Vatican. As in the rest of the countries, the first will be health personnel and the elderly.

He explained that at the moment the Vatican will not vaccinate those under 18 years of age because « no studies have yet been carried out that include this age group », while « for allergic people a medical evaluation is always advisable before undergoing to any type of vaccination « .

In a recent interview, Pope Francis, 84, announced that he will also be vaccinated, although the Vatican has not reported the date.

« I believe that ethically everyone has to be vaccinated. It is an ethical option because it concerns your life but also that of others, » Francisco said in this interview.

Also the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, 93, will receive the vaccine against the coronavirus, according to his personal secretary, Georg Gänswein, to the CNA agency.

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