Pope Francis, Ex-Pope Benedict Get Virus Vaccines Says Vatican

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Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to offer his Christmas greetings on December 21, 2018. (Photo by Vatican Media)

Both Pope Francis and his predecessor, former pope Benedict XVI, have received the coronavirus vaccine, the Vatican said on Thursday.

“I can confirm that as part of the Vatican City State vaccination programme to date, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

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