Dr. Peter Hotez on Anti-Science

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Dr. Peter Hotez on Anti-Science

August 31, 2022

Dr. Peter Hotez on Anti-Science

Dr. Peter Hotez joins CareTalk to discuss the anti-science culture that has developed in recent years and how it’s impacting our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Hotez explains how the anti-vaccine movement is based on misinformation and fearmongering. The result is a dangerous impact on public health that puts everyone at risk, not just those who are unvaccinated.

Dr. Hotez also talks about how social media is playing a role in spreading this misinformation. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are amplified the voices of those who peddle conspiracy theories and false information. This makes it difficult for people to know what to believe, and it’s contributing to the spread of COVID-19.


(0:21) What is anti-science?

(1:45) What is the history of the anti-vaccination movement?

(6:28) What is Corbevax and when will it be available?

(12:12) Why is the anti-vaccination movement dangerous to public health?

(14:24) What can we do to combat vaccine misinformation?

(18:27) When it comes to COVID-19, what can we learn from our response to HIV?

(21:36) Will anti-science get better or worse?


CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. 


Dr. Peter Hotez is an American scientist, pediatrician, and advocate in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He serves as founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, and University Professor of Biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

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