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Desmond Tutu in COVID-19 vaccine pledge amid scepticism

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 30: Archbishop Desmond Tutu looks on during a meeting with Prince Harry at the V&A Waterfront during an official visit to Africa on November 30, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on Tuesday encouraged his fellow citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine as the country prepares to carry out mass vaccination.

“There is nothing to fear. Vaccination uses your body’s natural defences to build resistance to infections… they do not cause the disease or put you at risk of its complications,” he said in a statement released by the Desmond and Leah Tutu legacy Foundation.

Archbishop Tutu said that he would get the vaccine as soon as it is made available to him.

“The more people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, the more every one of us is protected against this unpredictable and devastating disease.”

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