Pope Francis and ex-Pope Benedict on Thursday received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vatican reported that the 84-year-old pope and also the 93-year-old former pope got their dose of the vaccine as part of a Vatican vaccination program that began on Wednesday.
Both leaders are at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their age.
Pope Francis is claimed to be more in danger because a part of his lungs was removed following an illness when he was a young man in his native Argentina.
Pope Francis had said taking COVID-19 vaccine is an ethical choice.
“Taking the vaccine is an ethical choice because you’re gambling with your health, with your life, but you’re also gambling with the lives of others,” he told Italy’s Canale 5 television station .
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