Vax-Pushing Debate Dodger Linked To 'Chimeric' Coronavirus Creation In Wuhan

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jun 19, 2023 - 03:30 PM

Over the weekend, the MSM's new vax-pushing darling, Dr. Peter Hotez, chickened out of a debate with presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. after a charity pot to do so reached more than $2.6 million in less than 24 hours.

Hotez, a frequent guest on CNN and NBC during the Covid-19 pandemic, first tried the 'let's take this offline' approach with Rogan, after first posting a link to a VICE article attacking claims made by RFK Jr. on Rogan's podcast. Rogan called that a "non answer," and his original $100,000 offer to donate to charity snowballed into millions after a flood of people committed to the pot.

He now says that getting 'tag-teamed' on Twitter has been "overwhelming," telling MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan (after an establishment support strike was called in) "You know, the attacks from the anti-vaccine lobby do come in waves. And this time, though, it's been one of the tougher ones. Because, as you pointed out, the physical stalking and the incessant threatening emails."

"And the stuff online is just total whack-a-doodle. And let's face it, when you have RFK Jr. and Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk, all tag-teaming, those tres hombres at the same time," he added. "That probably includes just about every follower on Twitter. So, it's pretty overwhelming."

And the ultimate cope:

"In science, we don’t typically do debates. What we do is we write scientific papers … one doesn’t typically debate science. Maybe the one-off discussion of evolution versus creationism & that sort of thing, but that’s not what we do in science."

You mean debates you can't win?

According to Hotez, "Anti-vaccine now a lethal force in the United States," adding "I offered to go on Joe Rogan but not to turn it into the Jerry Springer show with having RFK Jr. on."

Hassan, of course, equates debating an anti-vaxxer to a WWII expert debating a holocaust denier.


Among other things, RFK Jr. and Rogan discussed Ed Dowd's book, Cause Unknown, which catalogues instances of sudden deaths.

Meanwhile, Dr. Pierre Kory provided evidence that Hotez is linked to Covid-19 Gain-of-Function research, citing information from the US Right to Know.

Hotez’s own 2012 to 2017 NIH grant for the development of a SARS vaccine had the stated aim of responding to any “accidental release from a laboratory,” in addition to a possible zoonotic spillover of the virus.

As part of his NIH grant, Hotez subcontracted funding for research on combined or “chimeric” coronaviruses, a scientific paper shows. Hotez’s grant underwrote two of Shi’s collaborators on the project. [Shi headed the Wuhan lab's coronavirus modification project].

In the 2017 paper co-funded by Hotez, Shi and her colleagues generated a recombinant virus from two SARS-related coronaviruses: “rWIV1-SHC014S.” It’s not clear whether the paper co-funded by Hotez should have been stopped under a temporary “pause” on gain-of-function work before 2017.

According to Kory, "The article also showed how Hotez worked over and over to cover up the possibility SARS-CoV-2 could have come from a lab. Given how bad the PR would be for him if this became known, his behavior is somewhat understandable."