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Pope receives coronavirus vaccine: reports

  • On Sunday, the pope urged people to get the Covid-19 vaccine, in an interview with Italian TV Canale 5.
Updated 13 Jan 2021

ROME: 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.