Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama Receives COVID Vaccine | News on the coronavirus pandemic
The 85-year-old man was inoculated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and encouraged others to get the vaccine.
Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has encouraged people to get vaccinated as he receives the first shot from the coronavirus.
“In order to avoid some serious problems, this injection is very, very useful,” the 85-year-old said after being vaccinated at a hospital in the city of Dharmsala in northern India on Saturday.
“More people should have the courage to receive this injection,” he added.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Zonal Hospital, Dharamsala, HP, India on March 6, 2021. https://t.co/CR2Pem2osO
– Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) March 6, 2021
GD Gupta of the zonal hospital, where the shooting was administered, told reporters that the Dalai Lama was observed for 30 minutes afterwards.
“He offered to come to the hospital like an ordinary man to get the vaccine,” he said.
Ten other people living in the Dalai Lama’s residence were also vaccinated, Gupta said.
All eleven received the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and UK-based drug maker AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India – the world’s largest vaccine maker.
India has confirmed more than 11 million cases of coronavirus and more than 157,000 related deaths.
The country, which has the second-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States, launched its vaccination campaign in January, starting with healthcare and frontline workers. Earlier this month, it extended its vaccination campaign to the elderly and those with health conditions that put them at risk.
The Dalai Lama made Dharmsala his headquarters in 1959, fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
China does not recognize the Tibetan government in exile and accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to separate Tibet from China.
The Dalai Lama denies being a separatist and says he is simply arguing for substantial autonomy and the protection of the region’s indigenous Buddhist culture.