Former Polish Presidential Solidarity Leader Walesa has COVID-19

Former Polish President Lech Walesa in Gdansk, Poland, July 18, 2017. (Dominic Lipinski / Pool / Getty Images)

Warsaw, Poland — Former Polish President Lech Walesa, a former leader of the solidary democracy movement, said on Friday that he was infected with COVID-19.

The 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said on Twitter that he was surprised that he was infected despite being vaccinated three times.

“I can’t believe it. I got 3 shots … (But) I’m infected. (I) have a headache and can’t warm my body. I feel like my flesh is torn from my bones. I will do it, “Walesa wrote.

Walesa wore a pacemaker in 2008 and underwent heart surgery last year.

In the 1980s, Walesa led a national solidarity movement, eventually defeating Polish Communist Party leaders. He was the first publicly elected president of democratic Poland from 1990 to 1995.

Associated Press