Neglect “Layla” — it may be Eric Clapton who’s wielding some silly satisfaction nowadays.
The 76-year-old basic rock guitarist, who has turn out to be notorious of late for his contentious scorching takes on coronavirus “propaganda,” has introduced that he’ll refuse to carry out in any venues which require friends to have been vaccinated towards COVID-19.
The “Great Tonight” singer made the announcement in response to a current proclamation by British lawmakers calling for all residents to current proof of vaccination earlier than getting into crowded occasions.
“Until there may be provision made for all folks to attend, I reserve the appropriate to cancel the present,” Clapton stated in a press release — made by way of the Telegram app account of Italian architect Robin Monotti, The Guardian has reported. For his half, Monotti has taken a public stance towards legally mandated vaccination.
The assertion was revealed alongside a hyperlink to Clapton’s anti-lockdown music, “Stand and Ship,” written with Van Morrison, 75. The lyrics embrace the road: “Do you wanna be a free man / Or do you wanna be a slave?”
Regardless of his obvious anti-vax marketing campaign, Clapton obtained the AstraZeneca shot in February — and claimed to have suffered negative effects so immense that he feared he “would by no means play once more,” he advised Rolling Stone in a press release, blaming “propaganda [that] stated the vaccine was secure for everybody.”
“I’ve been a insurgent all my life, towards tyranny and conceited authority, which is what now we have now,” Clapton stated on the time.
Six months later, Clapton is outwardly prepared to play once more — however solely beneath the situation that he’s not on “any stage the place there’s a discriminated viewers current.”
Reps for the “Tears in Heaven” Grammy winner didn’t instantly reply to The Publish’s request for remark.
In the meantime, within the six months because the first vaccine was launched, an estimated 1.04 billion world residents have taken up one of many three at present obtainable vaccines towards COVID-19 — AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech — they usually’re working, research have proven.
A current Related Press report revealed that simply 0.8% of the 18,000 Individuals who died of COVID-19 in Might 2021 had been totally vaccinated. And of greater than 107,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations that very same month, just one.1% had their pictures.
Evaluate that to Might 2020, which ushered in roughly 705,000 new instances and noticed 40,000 die from the illness.