Pope Francis’ personal doctor succumbs to Covid19 complications

Pope Francis’ personal doctor succumbs to Covid19 complications

- Fabrizio Soccorsi fell ill on Boxing day of 2020 and had been receiving treatment at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

- The late, who was the Pope's personal medic since August 2015, died aged 78

- His death came in the wake of the Pope's announcement that he had plans to receive his COVID-19 vaccination next week

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Pope Francis’ personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has succumbed to Covid-19 complications.

A report by the Catholic News Agency indicates that from December 26, 2020, the 78-year-old had been at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital while suffering oncological pathology.

The late was the Pope's personal medic since August 2015.

Pope Francis’ personal doctor succumbs to COVID-19 complications

Soccorsi's death comes in the wake of the pope's announcement that he will get his COVID-19 immunization. Photo credits: Catholic Sat. Source: Twitter.
Source: Twitter

Soccorsi was a graduate of medicine and surgery from the La Sapienza University in University.

He had an illustrious career that spanned from medical practice all the way to teaching, with a bias in hepatology, immunology and the human digestive system.

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That Soccorsi was the Pope's physician means that he accompanied him on local and international trips, but it was not clear when he last had direct contact with the Pope.

Pope Francis’ personal doctor succumbs to COVID-19 complications

Soccorsi has accompanied the pope to every destination since he became his personal doctor in 2015. Photo credits: Jos to the World. Source: UGC.
Source: UGC

His death came in the wake of the Pope's announcement that he had plans to receive his COVID-19 vaccination next week in line with Vatican's vaccination programme.

Speaking to Canale 5 TV, the Pope reiterated that he strongly believed that it was ethical for everyone to receive the vaccination.

“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,” he said.

In other news, Dr Zweli Mkhize is being dragged to court by lobby group AfriForum and Solidarity over the decision to centralise the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines from global pharmaceutical companies. The groups have expressed their mistrust of the South African government. They would prefer to source vaccines as private entities

AfriForum and Solidarity take Mkhize to court over Covid vaccines

Earlier this month, Mkhize announced that government was in discussion with a few manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines around the world. This was in a bid to ensure that at least 67% of the population got vaccinated.

However, the barring of the private sector from procuring the vaccines independently has not been met well by the Western Cape provincial government and a few other groups.

Solidarity’s head of research, Connie Mulder, has slammed the government, claiming that their decision would cause a stall in the rollout of the vaccine. Speaking on Sunday, Mulder said that the delay would result in the virus lasting at least two more years.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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