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Black Panther star Letitia Wright caught up in "Luciferase" COVID-19 vaccine furore

It has been 9 months since the coronavirus pandemic hit, and the IMF (International Monetary Fund) predict “global growth in 2020 to fall to -3%.This makes the Great Lockdown the worst recession since the Great Depression and far worse than the Global Financial Crisis.” 

Governments scrambling to save their economies have therefore welcomed news of the BioNtech-Pfizer vaccine. Surprisingly, the masses haven’t been as ecstatic about this scientific breakthrough. Given that that many are opposed to wearing facemasks and view the recent lockdown’s as light prison sentences, one would be forgiven for thinking that news of the COVID-19 vaccine would be widely celebrated.

Rather the contrary, the news has been met with much scepticism and ignited the debate over the effectiveness of vaccines. The tainted legacy of the Tuskegee syphilis trials of the 1950’s has been at the heart of many anti-COVID vaccine conversations. Church folk are not excluded from this growing demographic of anti-vaxxers, with many likening it to the mark of the beast.

“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright found herself trending on twitter when she reposted a video of popular preacher Tomi Arayomi sharing his concerns about the vaccine. In the video, Arayomi talks about Luciferase the ingredient allegedly being added to the COVID vaccine. Furious fans took to twitter in their droves and threatened to “cancel” Wright, forcing her to clarify her stance. “My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else” she posted on twitter. 

The big question is, will this furore hurt Wrights blossoming career? To be blackballed for publicly expressing an opinion that many of us harbour privately does seem unjust. Trial in the court of public opinion on social media is the norm for any celebrity, but hopefully this too shall pass and we'll all fall back in love with the star.

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By Akosua Dwomo-Fokuo, Premier Gospel Presenter

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