Thursday, July 7

Photos of shirtless European politicians getting vaccinated: “It’s a bit self-indulgent”

Since the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, celebrities and politicians alike have filled social media with photographs receiving the vaccine. This has given rise to a new pandemic phenomenon: images of politicians with their torso exposed and looking at the camera while a nurse inoculates them with the serum.

The phenomenon seems to occur only in Europe. One of the first to join was the French Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Olivier Véran, whose tweet with the image had more than 20,000 “likes”. He received the first dose of AstraZeneca in February, days after the first shipments arrived in France, surrounded by cameras and photographers. His intention was to instill confidence in the vaccine, but rather it ended up serving as inspiration for memes.

“In this latest edition of European politicians take off their shirts to get vaccinated, Olivier Véran’s shy half-covered pose makes a clear reference to Freedom guiding the people by Eugène Delacroix when we have the information. Fit, sophisticated. 5 stars”, said Katy Lee, journalist for the AFP agency. She is not the only one who made reference to the famous painting.

“How it started / How it is now. Edition of the French Minister of Health”.

“The French”, He says a comment on Twitter, “Even when they’re just being immunized they naturally pose like they’re heroes in a Jacques-Louis David painting.”

UK Military and Member of Parliament Johnny Mercer pulled irony to justify his photo. “We tried it with the shirt on, but I just couldn’t cover my muscles with the sleeves,” Mercer said. “I thought it was a bit self-indulgent to post that in public. You know I’m shy.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was one of the first to receive the first dose of Pfizer, just six days after it was approved by the European Medicines Agency. The prime minister justified that both he and other senior officials were the first to be vaccinated, along with health workers, in order to “send an example that the vaccine is safe and effective.” However, he got a negative response from the opposition and health unions.

When Mitsotakis went to receive his second dose in January, he chose not to wear a short-sleeved polo shirt, as on the previous occasion, and instead chose to be photographed with his torso exposed. So little was said about whether or not it was right for him to be among the first to be fully immunized.

“The Greek Prime Minister doing whatever it takes to sell the vaccine to his population”, He said political analyst Ramy Yaacoub.

In Spain we have not been left behind either. Just a few days ago, the national spokesman for the Popular Party and mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, received the first dose of Pzifer and left us an image similar to that of his European colleagues.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, on the other hand, opted for an easy-to-roll-up sleeve polo shirt to receive the first dose of the vaccine this Friday in Madrid.

During these months of vaccination, no policy has seen the need to remove their shirt to receive the vaccine. They are usually prepared for the occasion with a short-sleeved garment or one that allows the sleeves to be rolled up easily and quickly, as indicated by the recommendations to streamline the process.

Without a doubt the most forward-thinking was Dolly Parton. The American singer, who donated money for the development of Moderna’s vaccine, chose a garment with two holes in the upper part for the doctor to inject the vaccine there. Fast and easy.