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Comedian Riaad Moosa has joined Springbok rugby player Faf de Klerk and actress Pearl Thusi to encourage South Africans to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The qualified medical doctor says that there is a deluge of fake news online which people are sharing, but which is not factual.

Riaad Moosa joined lunchtime host EB Inglis to share more about his role as ambassador for the Viral Facts #BeaSAver campaign.

I am very concerned about how people aren't making informed choices... as a doctor, you present people with information and then they decide, but because of so much misinformation it's very difficult for people to make informed decisions.

Dr Riaad Moosa

I can speak doctor... but I can also speak human being... My time in comedy has allowed me to do that...

Dr Riaad Moosa

I put out a video a couple of weeks ago, just to explain it in a more sort of balanced way and slightly entertaining way, to understand how vaccines work... It's very difficult sometimes for doctors to do that because in truth everything is very complicated.

Dr Riaad Moosa

Riaad and his family contracted COVID-19 and he lost a few members to the virus.

We fight the virus as humans in two ways, through our own immune system, but also through others. We don't fight the virus just by ourselves, we fight the virus as a group. The more the virus spreads, throughout the community, the more everybody's immunity improves... in that way we slowly over a long period of time... get control.

Dr Riaad Moosa

Vaccines are ways for this immunity to be developed without the negative repercussions of COVID-19.

Dr Riaad Moosa

Listen to Riaad Moosa with EB Inglis in the audio clip below.

For more information, visit www.viralfacts.org/africa

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