Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as UK tops 3 million cases

Rome (AFP) – Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, as the UK reported it had surpassed more than three million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago. More than 1.9 million people worldwide have now died from the virus, with new variants adding to soaring cases and prompting the re-introduction of restrictions on movement across the globe — even as some countries begin mass inoculation campaigns. Pope Francis urged people to get the vaccination, calling opposition to the j…

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