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    “No religious connotations”: Metropolitan Epifaniy urges believers to snub myths about COVID-19 vaccination

    The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy, urged Ukrainians not to fall for manipulation and myths about COVID-19 vaccination. He has recalled that the OCU does not include vaccination in dogmatic matters so everyone should realize that the only protection against the coronavirus is vaccination.

    He said this in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

    “You shouldn’t listen, you shouldn’t believe, you shouldn’t succumb to these manipulations. Because the Ukrainian Church has clearly stated that we don’t mind. Vaccination has always been out there. Diseases had existed long before this pandemic. Therefore, we have expressed a clear position that if these are drugs that are designed to preserve human health, then why not take them, why believe in certain myths?” said Epifaniy.

    “We declare that there is no religious connotation here, while everyone has the right to choose, everyone must realize that in this difficult time of trials posed by this disease, the only protection is vaccination,” the top cleric added.

    According to the head of the OCU, for the second year in a row, Ukraine is fighting on “another invisible but real front of a dangerous coronavirus disease that is taking many lives.”

    It should be recalled that Metropolitan Epifaniy said Vladimir Putin would be defeated because Ukrainians are a strong nation.

    The OCU also said that almost all parishes that voted for the transition to the Ukrainian Church will win litigation launched by the Moscow Patriarchate.

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