Melandri was infected on purpose to have a health certificate without a vaccine

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The Italian Marco Melandri, former MotoGP rider and champion in the 250 cc category in 2002, assured this Saturday that he “voluntarily” contracted the coronavirus because he needed a health certificate to work and did not consider the vaccine “a good alternative.”

“I got the coronavirus because I tried to do it and, contrary to many vaccinated people, it took me tremendously to get it,” he said. Melandri in an interview with the Italian newspaper “Mowmag”, owned by the “AM Network” group.

“I did it voluntarily to comply with the rules (for managing the pandemic in force in Italy) and it has not been easy. I got infected out of necessity, because I had to work and I did not consider the vaccine a good alternative,” added the Italian driver.

“I know many people who received two doses of the vaccine and who are trying to get it to avoid having to receive the third. In any case, for me the health certificate was and continues to be blackmail. I will only use it to work,” he insisted.

Italians over 50 years old who are not vaccinated will be fined 100 euros and those who try to go to work without having received the puncture will receive penalties of between 600 and 1,500 euros, while for accessing stores without at least presenting an anticovid test, they will have to pay up to 1,000 euros, according to the new restrictions adopted by the Italian Government.

The sanctions included in the new decree law of the Council of Ministers include fines of 100 euros, as of February 1, for those over 50 not vaccinated imposed by the Administration, which will review the data of the vaccination registry.

“There are several reasons why a person does not want to be vaccinated, even because it is a new and different vaccine compared to the usual ones. One has the right to have doubts, especially if, like me, I have already had the disease. Who they get infected, they are more protected later. I tested positive and I didn’t even realize it,” he said.

The statements of Melandri, 39, who competed in MotoGP and Superbike in his career, caused surprise and controversy in Italy, a country that has seen a vertical rise in infections in recent weeks.

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