In a change of heart, Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama said he is ready to take the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine when it arrives in Lebanon.
“Coronavirus is a frightening epidemic and we have to be on guard against it, and these days it has spread terribly,” Alama said in the caption of a video tweet.
He addressed the conspiracy theories that have been spreading lately, namely the one that claims the vaccine will be “in the form of an electronic chip that they put in the body,” saying that it was natural to refuse to take it and to be afraid.
“And now that global companies have launched an effective natural vaccine, it is imperative that we take it at the first opportunity,” the tweet read.
In the brief video, the artist acknowledged that, a few months ago, he was “very afraid” of the vaccine. “However, today, the permanent danger is the coronavirus itself.”
“I am waiting for the vaccine to arrive in Lebanon so that I’ll be the first to take it,” he said.
The announcement comes amid a rise in speculations and conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized and are being distributed around the world.
These speculations were endorsed by some well-known Lebanese artists and public figures, who often have a direct influence on many fans and followers and can alter their sentiment toward the vaccines.
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