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Pope Francis said he will have the COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week

Pope Francis said he planned to have a Covid-19 vaccination as early as next week and urged everyone to get a jab, to protect not only their own lives but those of everyone else.

“Next week, we will start to do it here (in the Vatican) and I made an appointment, we must do it,” he told Canale 5 in segments released on Saturday from an interview set to be broadcast the next day.

“It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.”

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Vatican City last week said it expected to receive enough Covid-19 vaccine doses in the following days to inoculate all of its residents and its workers who live beyond its walls in Rome.

As part of its vaccination plan, the Vatican said it had bought an ultra-cold refrigerator to store doses, suggesting it will use the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which must be stored at about minus 70 degrees Celsius.

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