Poland’s ex-president Solidarity leader Walesa has COVID

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Poland’s former president and former Solidarity pro-democracy movement leader, Lech Walesa, says he has COVID-19

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s former president and former Solidarity pro-democracy movement leader, Lech Walesa, said Friday that he has COVID-19.

The 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said on Facebook that he was surprised to find out he is infected despite the three vaccination doses he has received.

“I can’t believe it: I received 3 shots, …. (but) I’m infected. (I have a) headache, I can’t warm up my body. I feel like my flesh is tearing away from the bones,” Walesa wrote.

“After this painful lesson I will never separate from my mask,” Walesa wrote.

Walesa was fitted with a pacemaker in 2008 and last year he had a heart surgery.

Walesa served as democratic Poland’s first popularly elected president in 1990-95.

Walesa is a strong critic of Poland’s current right-wing government.

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The body of this story has been corrected to say Walesa wrote on Facebook, not on Twitter.

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