Photo edit of Robert F Kennedy Jr and Dr Anthony Fauci. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Robert F Kennedy Jr and Dr Anthony Fauci. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Prominent figures including Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, and Bill Ackman are advocating for an open exchange of ideas surrounding the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. This call for a public debate arose when Dr. Peter Hotez, a pro-vaccine advocate, criticized Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast but declined the opportunity to engage in a debate with Kennedy, despite a generous offer of a substantial donation to a charity of his choice.

Bill Ackman, the founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, supports the need for discussing the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Alongside Rogan and Musk, Ackman recognizes the importance of vaccinations but believes in delving deeper into their effectiveness.

Ackman went a step further by contributing an additional $150,000 to endorse Joe Rogan’s proposal of a $100,000 donation to a charity in exchange for a debate between Hotez and Kennedy Jr. Ackman believes that such a discourse would help the public gain a better understanding of the relevant issues.

Initially supportive of the debate, Ackman later withdrew his backing, citing Hotez’s lack of credibility as a vaccine advocate in comparison to the “highly articulate” Kennedy. Ackman praises Kennedy as an ideal opponent for the vaccine discussion.

This development ignited a passionate debate among billionaires. Musk endorsed Rogan, accusing Hotez of evading debate due to a fear of being proven wrong. On the other hand, Cuban criticized Rogan and Musk, alleging their disregard for healthcare professionals and selfish behavior.

Inspired by Kennedy’s skepticism, Ackman highlights the fallibility of experts, the government, and conventional wisdom in the vaccine debate. He advocates for open platforms where intelligent individuals can engage in discussions to uncover the truth on controversial topics.


  1. The vaccine that does not stop a person from getting the virus? The vaccine that allows people to be reinfected numerous times? Yes, that vaccine…

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