Covid-19 Vaccinated Public Figures

Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentinean President Alberto Fernández received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Alberto Fernández receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
Alberto Fernández receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Credit: Esteban Collazo/Casa Rosada

The Argentinean President Alberto Fernández received Thursday the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.

After a controversy over whether studies would come from Moscow to support the use of the vaccine in people over 60, the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) on Wednesday authorised its use in the age group most at risk from the coronavirus.

On Monday, the government released an official timetable promising that another 4.7 million Russian Sputnik V vaccine doses will arrive in the country before the end of the month. The schedule for the delivery of the vaccine announced by the government began in December with the arrival of 300,000 doses and continues in January with 5,000,000 more (300,000 were delivered on the last Saturday), while another 14,700,000 are expected in February.

Health
Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict received first shot of Covid-19 vaccine
Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict received first shot of Covid-19 vaccine
Credit: Vatican News

The Vatican confirmed on Thursday that Pope Francis, aged 84, and retired Pope Benedict, aged 93, have had their first doses of a coronavirus vaccine. The pontiff and his predecessor got the first half of their vaccinations as part of a campaign for Vatican City residents and employees launched on January 13th.

"You are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others," Francis said in a recent interview with Italian broadcaster Canale 5. He said "anti-vaxxers" were living in inexplicable "suicidal denial."

In December, the head of the Vatican's health service said the tiny city-state would roll out its vaccination program with the Pfizer medication.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband have been vaccinated against Covid-19
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband have been vaccinated against Covid-19
Credit: Courtesy of Instagram

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have received their first dose of vaccine against the new coronavirus, Buckingham Palace announced. A second source told the British news agency PA that the Queen and her husband had been vaccinated by the royal family's doctor at Windsor Castle, where they spend the confinement period. Usually quite discreet about her state of health, "the Queen has decided to make this information public to avoid inaccuracies and possible rumours," added PA.

Regional News • Americas • United States
US President-elect Joe Biden has gotten vaccinated against Covid-19
US President-elect Joe Biden has gotten vaccinated against Covid-19
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has gotten his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine injected in front of television cameras. At a hospital in Newark, Delaware, he called on Americans to do the same: there is no need to worry, he said. His wife, Jill, has also been vaccinated. She received the vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer, which was also approved in the EU today.

Regional News • Americas • United States
McConnell and Pelosi receive Covid-19 vaccine
McConnell and Pelosi receive Covid-19 vaccine
Credit: @SpeakerPelosi via Twitter

On Friday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both received Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Brian Monahan, who administered the vaccine, urges people to get vaccinated, saying that his "recommendation to you is absolutely unequivocal: there is no reason why you should defer receiving this vaccine" and that the "benefit far exceeds any small risk."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pence receives Covid-19 vaccine publically
Pence receives Covid-19 vaccine publically
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / Mike Pence (Public Domain)

Together with his wife Karen, Mike Pence has been vaccinated against the corona virus. It is a "medical miracle" that the first vaccine is now being administered in states across the country, said the US Vice President.

He said that by vaccinating themselves, he and his wife wanted to reassure the American people that the vaccine was safe and effective despite its rapid development. "Karen and I hope that this step today will be a source of confidence and comfort to the American people," Pence said.

The US government's top health official, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, also got vaccinated at the White House event.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / NHS England

The actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is most famous for his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, has received the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer/BioNTech. Being 81 years old, the actor was among the first groups to be vaccinated in the United Kingdom.

He publically stated: "I really hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we will move further along the path back to a more normal way of life".