Pope Francis has revealed that he will receive the vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) next week.
The Holy Father stated this in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 Channel on Saturday.
Pope Francis asked everyone to get a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and everyone else.
“It is an ethical duty to take the vaccine, here in the Vatican we will start next week, I am also in line to take it,” he said.
“There is a suicidal denial which I cannot explain, but today we have to get vaccinated.
“I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine. 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.”
Recall that Pope Francis had in December last year stated that it is morally right to be vaccinated.
This came after some anti-abortion groups raised concerns over how the COVID-19 vaccines are manufactured.
Reacting, the Vatican had said: “It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1585 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the new cases were reported in a post on the disease control agency’s Twitter handle on Sunday morning, January 10, 2021.
The newly reported cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 99,063 which includes 79,417 discharged cases and 1,350 deaths.