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Joe Rogan slams vaccines again, corrected for taking COVID info out of context

(The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast)

Devil's advocate and Austin-transplant podcast host Joe Rogan is under fire for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, asserting that vaccinated individuals contributed to the creation of the Delta variant.

On a Friday episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan took an excerpt from a 2015 study out of context, reading "vaccines that keep hosts alive but still allow transmission could thus allow very virulent strains to circulate in a population," with guest Evan Hafer.

The study was not written about the spread of COVID-19 or even human sickness—it was written about vaccinating chickens against Marek's disease. The statement led the author of the paper, Pennsylvania State professor of biology and entomology Andrew Read, to speak out against the take by calling it "completely wrong" in a Sunday interview with Forbes.

"He's taking very careful work about evolutionary scenarios of the future, and from that, erroneously concluding that people should not be vaccinated now," Read told Forbes. "We're talking about a very different virus and very different vaccines. The details in biology really matter a lot."

Rogan reiterated, as he has said in past podcast episodes, that he believes transmission would slow if individuals put in the effort to become "healthier."

Though Rogan asserted that vaccinated individuals increase the chances of new deadly strains, Read said it is actually the opposite—the vaccine slows transmission and the "vast majority" of replication is coming from unvaccinated individuals.

"You can tell that because the majority of cases in the hospital are unvaccinated individuals," Read said. "That is where the evolutionary action is happening at the moment."

That wasn't the only hot COVID-19 take that Rogan brought to the table; the skeptic host said he believes that cities implementing vaccine passports, like New York City, is "moving one step closer" to a dictatorship and only "dumb" people would accept such restrictions.

This is not the first time Rogan has publicly pushed against what health authorities are telling the public—in an April episode, Rogan said he did not believe that people who were young and healthy needed to get a vaccine. He later retracted his statement, saying, "I'm not a doctor, I'm a fucking moron."


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway