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Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict get first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (R) speaks to Pope Francis during the ceremony marking the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, on December 8, 2015 in Vatican. Pope Francis marks the start of an extraordinary Jubilee year for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics by opening a "Holy Door" in the walls of St Peter's basilica. At 9.30 am (0830 GMT), the Argentinian pontiff will pronounce the words "Aperite mihi Porta Iustitiae" -- Latin for "open to me the gates of justice" -- and the door, which is normally bricked up, will be opened. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican said Thursday.

Rome (CNN)Pope Francis and former Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican said Thursday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that he was "able to confirm that within the vaccine program of the Vatican City State, to this date the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus. "

Vatican City began its vaccine program on Wednesday in a medical center set-up inside its main Auditorium Hall, where the pontiff often holds his weekly audiences.

In recent weeks, Francis has spoken several times on the subject of vaccines.

Over the weekend, he said people have an "ethical duty" to take the vaccine and confirmed he was in line to receive one once the Vatican's vaccination program got underway.

"I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine.

to promote cooperation and not competition and to seek a solution for everyone, vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all regions of the globe," the Pope said during his traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message at the Vatican.

On Saturday, the Vatican's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano announced Francis' personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, had died as a result of "complications due to Covid. "

Francis chose Soccorsi as his personal doctor in 2015, the news outlet said.

It's unclear exactly when he was last in direct contact with Pope Francis.

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