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TODAY / Pope Francis was vaccinated against covid-19 at the Vatican

Pope Francis, 84, received the covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, on the first day of the vaccination campaign organized in the Vatican, reported press sources close to the Argentine pontiff.

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The pope was vaccinated « in a section of the atrium of the Paul VI Hall specially prepared » for the application of the vaccines, the Argentine newspaper La Nación and the Jesuit magazine American Jesuit Review America assured.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed for his part the start of the vaccination campaign for the nearly 5,000 residents and employees of the Vatican.

The pontiff « received the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech and was one of the first to be inoculated, » the Argentine newspaper said.

Francisco received the first dose of the vaccine and in three weeks, he will receive the second, as planned for covid-19. No photos have been distributed so far.

Several prelates, bishops and cardinals have contracted the virus in recent months, including Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, who observes a period of isolation after having tested positive for covid.

The pope’s personal physician for five years, Fabrizio Soccorsi, died on Saturday at the age of 78 after « complications from covid-19 » when he was « hospitalized for a cancerous pathology. »

Francisco canceled all his trips abroad since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and questioned the celebration of his visit to Iraq, scheduled for March 5 to 8.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, 93, who resides in retirement in a monastery within the Vatican, is also among the first to be vaccinated, as confirmed by his private secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.