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Returning Orban endorses vaccination: "Let us all stand together as a society."

By Peter Vice

German born Hungarian international Willi Orban took to instagram in English on Wednesday to announce his return to training and endorse vaccinations for citizens of all age levels and vocations. 

RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban (right) speaks to Peter Gulacsi.
RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban (right) speaks to Peter Gulacsi.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

eipzig's central defense anchor has been absent from the pitch since testing positive for COVID after his team's 0-2 loss to Hoffenheim in round 12 of the 2021/22 German Bundesliga campaign. He developed a slight fever shortly after that weekend.

Since the 29-year-old Kaiserslautern native had been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, it was assumed that he can come down with a non-COVID related illness. His status was listed as as such when he left the squad as they were preparing for a Champions' League fixture against Brugge midweek.

Only later in the week did a round of tests confirm that Orban was in fact infected with the virus. Symptomatic cases remain rare in vaccinated individuals of Orban's age cohort. Perhaps that's why the well-known German footballer opted to take to instagram utilize his case to raise awareness of the ongoing pandemic and endorse vaccinations/boosters.

German news media picked up Orban's post (below), utilizing his quote of "whether we're 29, 42, 68 COVID doesn't stop there" as a headline.

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