Pope Francis personal doctor dies from COVID-19. Pope Francis’ personal doctor died of the complications of Covid at the age of 78.
Fabrizio Soccorsi, who in 2015 was selected as the pontiff’s personal medic, was treated with a former oncological condition on Boxing Day.
It is not clear whether, until his death on Saturday, he was in direct touch with the Pope for the last time.
It comes when Pope Francis announced that as the Vatican starts the roll-out of the jabs, he expects to get the Covid-19 vaccine next week.
The city council is scheduled to begin its own vaccine program soon and hopes to collect ample doses to inoculate all 450 inhabitants and staff.
The doses produced by Pfizer and BioNTech have been taken into stock in ultra-cold fridges.
The Pope, 84, has announced that he will be among those who receive a dosage.
He told Canale 5 TV station: ‘I agree that everybody should ethically take the vaccine.
It’s an ethical decision because you play with your wellbeing, with your livelihood, but you play with other people’s lives as well.’
‘We’ll start doing it here next week, in the Vatican, and I’ve booked myself in here. It must be over.
There’s a suicidal denial that I can’t describe, so we need to get vaccinated today.’
Health and public safety officials, elderly people and employees in regular communication with the public would be the first to be fired in line in Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent republic.
When he was a young man in his native Argentina, Pope Francis had part of one lung taken, leaving him potentially susceptible to the disease.
The Pontiff’s declaration preceded one from Buckingham Palace announcing the reception of the vaccine by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The 94-year-old king is thought to have agreed that the details should be allowed to be made public, but declined to reveal whether Oxford University/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech had taken the jab.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: ‘Today, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh received vaccines for Covid-19.’