Pope receives coronavirus vaccine — reports

BANGKOK, THAILAND - NOVEMBER 21: Pope Francis visits the Saint Louis Hospital on November 21, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok yesterday to begin a three day tour in Thailand followed by Japan. This is the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic church since St. John Paul II back in 1984. Thailand, a Buddhist country has approximately 388,000 Catholics, out of 69 million people. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

ROME, Italy (AFP) — Pope Francis, 84, was given the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, according to media reports. 

The news was reported by America, a US-based Jesuit news website, and by La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper, and written by journalists known to be personal friends of the pope.

The Vatican did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but the Argentine pontiff had already said he would be getting inoculated this week.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni only said that the Vatican’s vaccination campaign had begun. It was expected to start this week. 

On Sunday, the pope urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, in an interview with Italian TV Canale 5.

“There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated,” the pontiff said.

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