Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI have been administered the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican introduced on Thursday.
The Argentine pontiff, 84, beforehand emphasised the significance of getting vaccinated towards the lethal virus.
Beneath the Vatican’s vaccination programme launched on Wednesday, “the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus,” spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned.
In an interview broadcast on the weekend, Francis urged individuals to get the vaccine. “There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated,” he instructed Canale 5.
The Vatican in December mentioned it was “morally acceptable” for Catholics even the place the vaccines had been developed utilizing cell traces from aborted foetuses.
In his Christmas message final yr, Francis urged, “Vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of the planet.”
The Argentine has been compelled to restrict his interplay with the general public because the virus first swept Italy early final yr, switching his weekly Wednesday audiences on-line.
Francis admitted that his landmark journey to Iraq, deliberate for March, could possibly be doubtful because of the pandemic. “I cannot in all conscience encourage gatherings.”
Francis’ vaccination is being welcomed by all, contemplating his age and his historical past of lung issues, as he had nearly died at 21 after creating pleurisy, in keeping with biographer Austen Ivereigh, and had a part of considered one of his lungs eliminated.