Jan, 11th 2021 – Personal doctor to Pope Francis has succumbed to Covid-19 related complications. The 78-year-old Fabrizio Soccorsi was appointed as Pope’s personal doctor in 2015. He died after battling the virus for days.
According to reports, he had been in hospital for cancer treatment. He had been hospitalized in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on the 26th of December 2020. It is still not clear when Soccorsi had last direct contact with the pope.
The pope announced that he would be among those lined up to receive the vaccine in the coming week. In an interview, he urged everyone to get vaccinated to not only protect themselves but also their loved ones. He said, “Next week, we will start doing it here, in the Vatican and I have booked myself in. It must be done”
According to the Vatican’s health director, the city will use the vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech. The Pope added that the choice to take the vaccine is ethical as you’re not gambling with your life but also the life of others.
Pope Francis said, “I don’t know why some will say, ‘No, the vaccine is dangerous.’ But if doctors offer it to you as something that can work, that poses no special risk, why not take it? There is a suicidal denialism that I wouldn’t know how to explain, but today you need to take the vaccine.”
The Pope’s vulnerability is as a result of a part of one of his lungs being removed during an illness when he was yound.
In his Christmas message, he had urged nations to make the vaccine available. He also pleaded with countries to cooperate in the race to emerge from the pandemic that has killed thousands.
According to the latest data from Italy’s Ministero della Salute Government body, the country yesterday recorded 18,627 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total cases to 2,276,491