Pope Francis also announced preparations for the vaccination. Pope Francis urges everyone to choose like him. In an interview with Canale 5 on Jan. 10 (Vatican time), he called the protest against the vaccine "dying yourself". The pope has said he will get the vaccine next week when the Vatican begins its vaccination campaign.
Meanwhile, sources from the royal family that CNN have said that the 94-year-old Queen and her husband - Prince Philip (99 years old) - were vaccinated against COVID-19 on January 9. Buckingham Palace rarely spoke up about the personal health problems of the British royal head. The source revealed that the family doctor at Windsor Castle was the one who directly vaccinated Queen Elizabeth II and her husband.
In March, Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Charles was positive for SARS-CoV-2. After that, the 73-year-old prince was lucky to have only mild symptoms and recovered. Meanwhile, the queen's bottle nephew Prince William, heir to the throne, also contracted COVID-19 earlier this year although the exact timing of his infection is still unclear.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of January 9, the UK has recorded more than 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 80,000 deaths. The situation is more and more serious when the country discovered that the new virus strain spreads 50-70% faster than before.
Until now, more than 1.5 million people in the UK have been vaccinated. This is the largest universal immunization program in UK history with priority for the elderly, health workers. This is the UK government's attempt to exponentially increase COVID-19 cases in the country.