Anti-Vaxxer Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Dies of Covid-19

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Metropolitan Kosmas has died of Covid-19. Credit: Metropolis of Aetolia and Acarnania

A Greek metropolitan who was a staunch anti-vaxxer died of Covid-19 in an Athens hospital on Monday after a month-long battle with the virus. He was 76 years old.

Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia and Acarnania in western Greece, who had refused to be vaccinated against the virus, was admitted to a hospital in Agrinio on December 1 with a Covid-19 infection before to be transferred to an intensive care room at the Evangelismos hospital in the capital.

His admission to intensive care sparked controversy among his detractors. According to reports – which were ultimately rejected by authorities – he was given an intensive care bed in priority over other patients.

The Metropolitan criticized the measures to contain the Covid-19

Kosmas was a staunch anti-vaxxer and a vocal critic of government measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, including the use of masks and vaccination.

During a sermon in 2020, Kosmas lashed out at those who were reluctant to attend a crowded church, calling them “infidels.”

“God does not allow you to be infected. God does not infect! It is a holy place, the temple is heavenly, ”he said.

Last year Kosmas was summoned by the Holy Synod to explain what they called his “disobedience and disrespect for the unanimous decision of the collective body of the Church of Greece” regarding health measures against coronaviruses during the Easter period.

The cleric’s 75-year-old sister also died of Covid-related complications on December 13. She was also not vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19

Several studies conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that those who are not vaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those who are vaccinated.

Several CDC studies show that the vaccines on the market remain very effective against the most severe form of the virus and the complications that can result from it.

Like Smithsonian magazine reports, those who weren’t vaccinated accounted for 95% of all Covid-19 cases in the United States, as well as 93% of hospitalizations and 92% of deaths that occurred between April 4 and June 19 of the year last.

Posted in CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) On September 10, the newspaper said the study proved that those vaccinated were nearly five times less likely to be infected with the coronavirus. They were also ten times less likely to need hospitalization due to complications associated with the virus.

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