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News Corp’s Murdoch gets virus jab in UK

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp executive chairman and Fox Corp chairman, has received the COVID-19 vaccination in the UK at his local doctor’s surgery.

“I would like to thank the key workers and the NHS staff who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic, and the amazing scientists who have made this vaccine possible. I strongly encourage people around the world to get the vaccine as it becomes available,” he said in a statement from a News Corp representative on Friday.

At 89 years old, the media mogul qualified for the first round of vaccinations. According to the statement, he received the shot at his local general practitioner’s office “after he received a call saying he was eligible”.

He has been isolating with his wife Jerry Hall Murdoch in the UK.

In a contrast with Murdoch’s statement, Tucker Carlson, one of the most vocal and controversial talk show hosts of Fox Corp’s Fox News, told viewers to be sceptical of the vaccine on Thursday night, even though he admitted vaccines have saved millions of lives.

He said the push to get people vaccinated “feels false because it is”.

Other UK public figures, such as Lord of the Rings actor Ian McKellen and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, received the vaccine earlier this week.

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