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Sir Lenny Henry joins ensemble cast encouraging Black Britons to get Covid-19 vaccine

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Sir Lenny Henry joins an ensemble cast including Adrian Lester and David Harewood as they encourage Black Britons to take up the Covid-19 vaccine.

Video Transcript

LENNY HENRY: Dear moms and dads--

NAOMI ACKIE: Grandparents.

ROSE HUDSON-WILKIN: Aunties.

ADRIAN LESTER: Uncles.

ADJOA ANDOH: Brothers.

LENNY HENRY: Sisters.

NAOMI ACKIE: Nephews.

DAVID HAREWOOD: Nieces.

ADRIAN LESTER: Sons.

ADJOA ANDOH: Daughters.

LENNY HENRY: Cousins. We love you.

ADJOA ANDOH: We know we don't say it often enough. And sometimes we have our disagreements like families do.

ROSE HUDSON-WILKIN: But wherever you are, we love you from the bottom of our hearts, and we know you love us.

DAVID HAREWOOD: And we want to see you again. COVID-19 has kept us apart for way too long.

ADRIAN LESTER: We want to hug you. We want to celebrate with you. We want to worship with you. We want to play video games with you, preferably in the same room so that we can see the look on your face when we beat you.

NAOMI ACKIE: But in order to do that, we all need to take the COVID-19 jab. It's all of us in this together.

DAVID HAREWOOD: Things will slowly get back to normal-- well, what they're calling the new normal. But in reality, the new normal will mean needing a vaccine for doing the kinds of things we used to take for granted.

ROSE HUDSON-WILKIN: Because we love you, we want you to be safe. We don't want you to be left out or left behind.

NAOMI ACKIE: While other communities are rushing to get the vaccine and millions have already been vaccinated, some Black people in our community are being more cautious.

LENNY HENRY: You have legitimate worries and concerns, and we hear that. We know change needs to happen and that it's hard to trust some institutions and authorities.

ADRIAN LESTER: But we're asking you to trust the facts about the vaccine from our own professors, scientists, and doctors involved in the vaccine's development, GPs not just from here in the UK, but from all over the world, including Africa and the Caribbean.

ADJOA ANDOH: Many of whom are our relatives, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people of this country from this pandemic, and the thousands who volunteered to be part of vaccine trials so that we know it's safe and works for people of all ethnicities.

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LENNY HENRY: Don't let their sacrifice be in vain. Don't let your concerns be the thing that widens racial inequality in our society.

ADRIAN LESTER: Don't let coronavirus cost even more Black lives, because we matter.

NAOMI ACKIE: We love you.

ROSE HUDSON-WILKIN: We don't want you to get sick.

LENNY HENRY: We don't want you to die.

DAVID HAREWOOD: So please, hear us.

ADJOA ANDOH: And when your turn comes, take the jab. Let's do this together.

LENNY HENRY: And once you do, tell Cousin Moe to do the same thing. Is he really my cousin?