Laurence Fox has been roasted by a doctor over his vaccine views.
A helpful rule for journalism: if an interviewee begins by questioning the point of your existence, you might be starting off on the wrong foot.
That’s the situation GB News pundit Laurence Fox found himself in recently, and the former actor has been mocked online after a car-crash interview with a doctor who told him “I sometimes wonder why you exist.”
Fox brought infectious disease specialist Dr Bharat Pankhania onto his GB news show to discuss a report into COVID-19 vaccine approvals.
But Dr Pankhania savaged Fox, describing his vaccine-sceptic messages as “not verified” and “not factual.”
“You just have your own agenda, that’s what I think, you are just spewing out your biased views,” the doctor declared.
The interview has gone viral on twitter.
“That’s another expert they won’t be inviting back,” one twitter user quipped.
Fox claims to have a report showing failings by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in licensing the COVID-19 vaccine.
But Dr Pankhania said he had “never heard of” the report and had not been shown it prior to his TV appearance.
“[The MHRA] do a great job in protecting the health and wellbeing of the nation,” he said.
The report is authored by the Perseus group, a vaccine-sceptic group of mostly anonymous authors.
However, numerous peer-reviewed studies have proven the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. The jabs saved countless lives throughout the pandemic, Dr Pankhania told Fox.
“With respect to the many, many millions of doses of the vaccines that have been administered, we’ve had a few unfortunate side effects … but overall on the balance of good versus harm, the good outweighs the harm. By a large, large margin,” he said.
Fox has long been an opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine. Launching his campaign for London mayor in 2021, in which he received less than 2 per cent of the vote, he declared he would not get the jab until after 2023.
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