How double-jabbed PIERS MORGAN caught Covid in Wembley chaos: Star reveals in Mail On Sunday his week of misery after virus controls collapsed at Euros final
- Piers, 56, said he believes he caught the Delta Covid variant at the final
- He has been wracked by fever, cold sweats, coughing, sneezing and aches
- Piers said ‘This is definitely the roughest I’ve felt from any illness in my adult life’
Piers Morgan has revealed that he caught Covid. during the crowd chaos that marred Wembley’s Euro Championships final – despite being double-jabbed.
In a powerful account for tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday, the 56-year-old broadcaster – one of the strongest critics of the government’s pandemic policies – describes how the virus triggered a raging fever, chills and violent coughing and sneezing fits before leaving him exhausted and fearful of what might be to come next.
His account reveals his belief that he caught the Indian – or Delta – variant of the virus while watching England’s defeat to Italy a fortnight ago, despite official assurances that only fully vaccinated spectators, or those with negative tests, would be admitted to the stadium.
Piers, 56, with sons Stanley, Albert and Spencer at the Euro 2020 finals at Wembley
‘My confidence that the event would be ‘covid safe’ had disintegrated,’ he recalls, noting the masses of ticketless yobs breaching security.
‘It was turning into an unregulated free-for-all.’
He began to feel unwell at his Sussex village home two days after the match and took a lateral flow test.
Fans mass outside for Italy v England at Wembley Stadium in London before the kick-off
Harry Maguire following defeat in the penalty shoot-out after the UEFA Euro 2020 Final
How effective is the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine
Approved: December 30, 2020
Phase 3 trials data
- Efficacy at blocking symptoms (one dose): 70%
- Efficacy against severe illness (one dose): 100%
Real world data:
- Efficacy at stopping transmission: 70%
- Efficacy at blocking symptoms: Between 60 and 73%
- Efficacy against severe illness: 80%
How it works: Adenovirus vaccine – To make the vaccine, the common cold virus is genetically modified to trigger it to make the Covid spike protein — which the virus uses to invade cells.
When the vaccine is administered the patient’s immune system attacks the spike protein by building antibodies, priming it to fight off Covid before it leads to an infection.
When that came back positive, he took a definitive PCR test which confirmed the result four days after his trip to Wembley.
‘As I’m sure everyone who gets it feels, it’s a strange, disquieting moment to know I have this killer virus inside me,’ he writes in tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday.
Doubled-jabbed with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, the former Good Morning Britain presenter spoke to a respiratory expert who told him that no current vaccine protects fully against infection with some of the new variants but, crucially, they do all provide strong protection against hospitalisation or death.
Piers describes how his body was wracked by fever, cold sweats, coughing, sneezing and ‘strange aches’ – and, at one point, ‘alarming’ chest pains.
He adds: ‘And my voice now sounds like Barry White, though I couldn’t feel less like a Walrus of Love.’
His symptoms have now faded, but his enforced confinement gave him time to reflect on the pandemic.
‘This is definitely the roughest I’ve felt from any illness in my adult life, BUT, as I slowly come out the other side, coughing and spluttering.
‘I’m still here – unlike so many millions around the world who’ve lost their lives to Covid in this pandemic,’ he writes.
‘For that, I owe a heartfelt debt of thanks to the brilliant scientists up in Oxford who created the Astra-Zeneca vaccine with such astonishing speed.’
For Piers’s full, dramatic story don’t miss tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday…