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Dalai Lama receives first vaccination against the coronavirus

Updated March 6, 2021, 9:28 pm

  • The spiritual leader of the Tibetans was vaccinated against the coronavirus in a hospital in northern India.
  • In the course of the vaccination, the Dalai Lama called on people to do the same.

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The Dalai Lama has been vaccinated against the coronavirus and has called on more people to do the same. The spiritual head of the Tibetans received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination in a hospital in the north Indian city of Dharamsala on Saturday, as his office announced on his official Twitter account. A video showed how the 85-year-old got an injection in the right upper arm. “More people should have the courage to choose the injection,” said the Dalai Lama. That is very important, so he shares it. “In order to prevent serious problems, this injection is very, very helpful and very good.”

Dalai Lama promotes the rights of Tibetans

The tweet did not contain any information about which vaccine he received. In India, in addition to the domestic vaccine Covaxin, the vaccine from Astrazeneca, which is manufactured and exported under the name Covishield at low prices in the country, is mainly used.

The Dalai Lama promotes the rights of Tibetans and wants to achieve cultural and religious freedoms within the People’s Republic for them in dialogue with China. He was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment. The Chinese authorities see him as a separatist and forbid him to return home. He lives in India. (dpa / fra)

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