Podcast mogul Joe Rogan said he was not anti-vaccine and tried to get the COVID-19 shot in Las Vegas several months ago, but missed the appointment by due to scheduling conflicts.
Rogan, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, had downplayed the need for mass vaccines for big events like comedy shows earlier in the year. He hosted CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus and vaccines.
Rogan said that, based on his experience of contracting COVID-19 and recovering in a healthy way, a person’s method of carrying antibodies does not have to be mutually exclusive – from immunity. natural or via the vaccine – and it could be both.
“Better get the virus and recover and have incredible immunity,” Rogan said on the podcast. “Do you know what I think you should do?” I think you should get the vaccine and then get sick. transmitted to have the disease itself. “
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The COVID-19 vaccine has been scientifically proven to be the best possible method to slow COVID-19, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans receive the vaccine. According to information provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there were more than 90,000 preventable deaths from COVID-19 in the United States among unvaccinated adults and the virus was the leading cause of death in the country in September.
Rogan said in April on his podcast, “I’m not an anti-vax person,” but “I just said, I don’t think if you’re a young, healthy person you need it.” He added at that time that he was scheduled for a Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccination, courtesy of the UFC, but by the time he went to reschedule, federal health officials suspended that vaccine.
Gupta, who joined Rogan’s podcast for three hours in an effort to reach out to Rogan’s audience about the seriousness of the vaccination, pushed back Rogan and said it was “not a strategy to recommend that people be infected. “.
Rogan told Gupta it was never his intention, but more so to honor multiple sides of the equation. Rogan criticized CNN as “dangerous” for taking his COVID-19 treatment regimen out of context and “lying about taking medication for horses.” His position reflects previous public statements about CNN when it threatened to sue the network.
To treat his symptoms, the 54-year-old said on Instagram that he turned to ivermectin, among other unproven treatments. He also said he took monoclonal antibodies, which have been proven to work.
Ivermectin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use by humans and animals to treat parasitic infections, primarily in livestock. The use of any treatment for COVID-19 that is not approved or cleared by the FDA, unless it is part of a clinical trial, “can cause serious harm,” the agency said on his website.
Gupta is not the first to reject Rogan’s views. Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, criticized Rogan’s stance on vaccines in April. Gupta honored Rogan’s position, despite his disagreement, in a separate column on CNN.
“I guess a small part of me thought I could change Joe Rogan’s opinion on vaccines,” he wrote. “After this last exchange, I realized it was probably futile. His decision was made, and there would still be a lot of carefully packaged misinformation to back up his beliefs.”
Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, launched in 2009 and has since grown into one of the country’s most popular podcasts. In 2020, Spotify acquired Rogan’s podcast library for a $ 100 million deal.