Pope Francis has announced that he will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week and has told the world that it is an ethical obligation.
« It is an ethical choice because you are with Health and life are a game, but you are also playing with the lives of others, « said Pope Francis in a TG5 interview broadcast tonight.
» I don’t understand why some say, « No, vaccines are dangerous. « If they are presented by doctors as something that can go well with no particular dangers, why not? There is a suicidal refusal that I couldn’t explain, » he continued.
The virus forced Pope Francis to stay home and cut back on events for much of the past year, and throughout the year the Pope has delivered speeches in a huge empty St. Peter’s Square describing how the virus has changed the lives of all people, including the Church .
In the interview, Pope Francis recalls previous vaccines and praises them for their effectiveness in fighting threatening viruses.
« We grew up in the shadow of vaccines, for measles, for this and that, vaccines that gave them to us as children, « he said.
A survey by Malta Today found that around 84% of people in Malta would be willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, but around 15% said either he is unsure or unwilling to do so.
Malta has received 770,000 European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine doses, 670,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and 100,000 doses of the Moderna sting to date.
Several more doses of potential vaccines have also been ordered, including a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved by the UK and India but not the EU.
Malta expects to achieve herd immunity by the end of September, which corresponds to the vaccination of 60-70% of people, solely due to the vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
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