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Vatican vaccinates homeless people

About 25 homeless people have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Vatican.

It was in the Paul VI hall, where Vatican employees, starting with the Swiss Guard, were also vaccinated.

Polish cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, was in charge of organizing the procedure.

Relax. Put your left arm like this.

Very good. Wait one moment.

This was the first group of homeless people to receive the vaccine. The Vatican explained that others will be coming to this makeshift hospital in the next few days to be vaccinated.

This fulfills the pope's Christmas request.

I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organizations – to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet. Before all others: the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Throughout the pandemic, the pope has often called to not abandon people with less resources to fight the coronavirus.

Javier Romero

Translation: CT