Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict get COVID-19 vaccine

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Both Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, have received the coronavirus vaccine.

This was confirmed by the Vatican on Thursday.

“I can confirm that, as part of the Vatican City State vaccination programme to date, the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

The Vatican News portal said Pope Emeritus Benedict, 93, was given a dose on Thursday morning.

Pope Francis had announced during an interview broadcast at the weekend that he planned to receive the vaccine this week.

It had already been reported that Pope Francis, 84, had received the jab on Wednesday, the first day of the Vatican’s vaccination drive, but officials declined to confirm the news.




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