American commentator Joe Rogan challenged pediatrician Peter Hotez to debate Robert F. Kennedy Jr on misinformation related to vaccines on Saturday.

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The verbal altercation between the two took place on Twitter when Hotez shared an article related to Joe Rogan’s podcast with RFK Jr, where they talked about ineffective COVID treatment and vaccines.

Who is Peter Hotez?

Peter Hotez is 65 years old and hails from Hartford, Connecticut. He is a renowned American scientist, pediatrician, and advocate who has made significant contributions in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He currently holds multiple esteemed positions, including serving as the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and holding professorships in Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

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Recently, Hotez in a tweet claimed that after a Joe Rogan podcast, he has been facing online attacks. In a tweet, he wrote, “Spotify Has Stopped Even Sort of Trying to Stem Joe Rogan’s Vaccine Misinformation. It’s really true ⁦@annamerlan⁩ just awful. And from all the online attacks I’m receiving after this absurd podcast, it’s clear many actually believe this nonsense.”

Reacting to this, Joe Rogan opened the debate on the public platform. Rogan tweeted, “Peter, if you claim what RFKjr is saying is “misinformation” I am offering you $100,000.00 to the charity of your choice if you’re willing to debate him on my show with no time limit.”

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RFK Jr, who recently filed his nomination for the US Presidential elections, also took no time to become a part of the tussle. He asked Hotez to have a civilized and informative debate for the citizens of America. Several Twitter users reacted to the virtual debate, while many backed the debate.