Pope Francis says he’s ready and waiting for Covid vaccine
Pope Francis has said he plans to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and urged others to be vaccinated, in an interview with Italian television station Canale 5 on Sunday.
“I think ethically we should all get a vaccine,” the 84-year-old Pope said. “It’s an ethical choice because you are playing with your health, your life, but also the lives of others. “
The Vatican has not given an exact date for the Pope’s vaccination, but it could be as early as next week.
The Pope also denounced anti-vaccine attitudes, recalling that they are “not dangerous” and recalling the introduction of the polio vaccine when he was a child.
Richard Branson’s mother dies of Covid-19
Richard Branson, the British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group, said on Monday that his mother, Eve Branson, had died from Covid-19. She was 96 years old.
“Like a lot of moms and dads right now at Covid, my mom Eve is also deceased,” he announced via Twitter.
“She held one last victory, successfully battling the virus, but had spent all of her energy in the process,” he wrote in an article on his company’s website on a page honoring her memory.
“When we started Virgin Galactic, Mom was so honored that we named our mothership, VMS Eve. She will always be my mother ship, but she is also the proud grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 10 children, who all love her very much and I miss her very much. ”
South Korea to offer free vaccinations to all residents
SEOUL, South Korea – The South Korean president has said the country will offer free Covid-19 vaccinations to all of its residents in stages.
President Moon Jae-in made the comment in his New Years address on Monday. The government announced earlier that vaccinations would begin in February.
South Korean officials said they would have vaccines for 56 million people, an amount apparently sufficient for the country’s 52 million people.
After rising for weeks, the number of virus cases in South Korea has gradually slowed amid strict social distancing rules that include a ban on assembling five or more people. Earlier Monday, South Korea reported 451 new cases of the virus, the first time its daily toll has fallen below 500 in 41 days. The country’s total stands at 69,114 people, including 1,140 deaths.
Moon said that “the end of the dark tunnel is finally in sight. He said the government would do its best to further curb the ongoing epidemic.
UK opens seven vaccination sites to speed up deployment
The UK on Monday opened seven mass vaccination centers across the country to boost its vaccine rollout. About 1.5 million Britons have already received the vaccine, according to the UK Department of Health and Welfare.
Amid the rise in infections largely due to a more contagious Covid-19 mutant that triggered stricter lockdown rules enforced during the holiday season, the UK aims to vaccinate 15 million people by the mid-February, focusing on people over 70, people with pre-existing illnesses and Healthcare workers. Currently the UK is immunizing 200,000 people a day, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC on Sunday.