LONDON – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (94) and her husband Prince Philip (99) have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, Buckingham Palace officials said on Saturday.
The royal family rarely commented on the health of the monarch or members of her family, but said the announcement was made to prevent inaccuracies or speculation.
“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh received Covid-19 vaccinations today,” said a statement from a Buckingham Palace spokesman.
The pandemic hit the United Kingdom.
It has the highest death toll in Europe ̵
The appearance in the UK of a more contagious mutant strain Covid-19 has also led to an increase in cases.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped up vaccination efforts this week, with the elderly and vulnerable among the priority groups. On Tuesday, Johnson said more than 1.3 million people across the UK had been vaccinated.
It is not known which vaccine the queen and her husband received.
The British drugmaker’s inoculation, AstraZeneca, in collaboration with Oxford University in the United Kingdom, received regulatory approval in December, while the United Kingdom became world-famous when it became the first Western country to launch the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier that month.
On Friday, UK regulators approved the third Moderna vaccine, but said it would be available by spring.
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Last year, Queen Elizabeth called on her subjects to show the same “quiet good-natured determination” of previous generations in a rare televised address designed to gather the spirits of the nation.
The royal family was not immune to the virus, with the Queen’s son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, testing for Covid-19 in March last year, but recovering quickly.
Charles’ son Prince William and his wife Kate vocally defend the National Health Service. Kate, who is celebrating her 39th birthday, tweeted support for those on the front line.
The lives of royalty have sparked new interest recently as many locked viewers have joined the fourth season of the Netflix Crown series.
For the first time in the series, Princess Diana appeared, causing a stir, while British politicians called on Netflix to clarify that the show is a fabrication.