Ooh err, Prime Minister! Greece's Kyriakos Mitsotakis causes a stir
Ooh err, Prime Minister! Greece’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis becomes unlikely sex symbol after revealing his hairy chest in topless Covid vaccine snap
- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis went topless for his Covid-19 vaccine
- He undid his shirt and sat with his chest out to receive the jab on Monday
- Photo of the moment has gone viral and left Twitter users hot under the collar
- Some British users jokingly asked if Boris Johnson will follow suit
The Greek Prime Minister has become an overnight social media sensation after he went topless to receive his Covid-19 vaccine.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, 52, received the second dose of the vaccine at at the Attikon hospital, in Athens, on Monday, where political leaders are first in line for the jab.
But rather than rolling up his sleeves, Mr Mitsotakis chose to unbutton his shirt to his naval, revealing his bare chest.
A photo of the moment has gone viral, with social media users left feeling hot under the collar.
Stripping off: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, 52, received the second dose of the vaccine at at the Attikon hospital, in Athens, on Monday. But rather than rolling up his sleeves, Mr Mitsotakis chose to unbutton his shirt to his naval, revealing his bare chest. The image has gone viral
Swooning: Social media users were left feeling hot under the collar (above)
British tweeters jokingly asked if Boris Johnson would follow suit, while others compared it to ‘doing a Putin’, in reference to the famous photo of the Russian president half-naked on horseback.
One tweeted: ‘Could he not get his cuff button undone?’
Another wrote: ‘I am a straight guy, but even I can see that he’s a fine-looking gentleman.’
Another pointed out it could help drive people to get vaccinated, tweeting: ‘Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis doing whatever it takes to sell his people on the #COVID19 vaccine.’
Viral sensation: Mr Mitsotakis, a member of Greece’s New Democracy party, has been president since 2016 but is likely to have found new supporters thanks to his bold photo op
Mr Mitsotakis, a member of Greece’s New Democracy party, has been president since 2016 but is likely to have found new supporters thanks to his bold photo op.
He was among the first people in Greece to receive the first dose of the vaccine in December after the decision was taken that ‘state and political leadership’ should be included alongside frontline healthcare staff in the first round.
The move drew criticism from opposition leaders.
Following the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers and clinically vulnerable citizens, Greece began vaccinating the ‘general population’ earlier this month, starting with the elderly.
The government is currently focusing its efforts on people aged 80-84.
According to the latest official figures, Greece has carried out 93,179 vaccinations with at least 92,139 people having received at least one dose.
Earlier this month Mr Mitsotakis put forward the idea of a vaccine passport to allow people who have had the coronavirus jab to travel freely around Europe.
Mr Mitsotakis, whose country’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism, claimed the move would encourage people to get vaccinated.
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