Pope to be vaccinated against Covid next week, labels opposition to jabs ‘suicidal denial’

Pope Francis has announced that he will receive a Covid-19 vaccine next week and has branded opposition to jabs to combat the coronavirus disease as “suicidal denial”.

In a forthcoming interview, the 84-year-old leader of the Catholic Church says that “ethically” getting a vaccine against the virus should be a duty for everyone.

“Next week, we will start to do it here (in the Vatican) and I made an appointment, we must do it,” Francis told Italy’s Canale 5 TV station.

Segments of the interview were released on Saturday with the full comments set to be broadcast on Sunday. “There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated,” the pontiff added.

The comments come as Italian media outlets report that the Pope’s personal doctor died on Saturday “as a result of lung complications caused by Covid-19.”

Professor Fabrizio Soccorsi reportedly died on Saturday morning after aged 78. He had served as the pontiff’s personal physician since 2015.

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Source:RT World News

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