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Key phrases: Joe Rogan: "I'm not a health care provider, I'm a fucking fool" after responding to anti-vaccination feedback

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"I'm not a doctor, I'm a fucking idiot."

That's what Joe Rogan said on his hugely popular Spotify podcast on Thursday, responding to backlash after comments he made last week that suggested young, healthy people don't need the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has tens of millions of listeners – many of them young, healthy people – and health officials had labeled his comments reckless and overlooked the crucial point that vaccination protects others from infection – not just the individual .

In his podcast on Thursday, Rogan tried to clarify his comments and admitted that he is not qualified to give media advice: "I am not a reputable source of information myself … But at least I try to be honest with what I am ." I say. "

"I'm not an anti-Vax person," he said. "I said I believe they are safe and I encourage a lot of people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you are a young, healthy person, you don't need it."

"Your argument was, you need it for other people … But that's another argument. That's another conversation."

Many experts would argue this last point.

"You are talking about yourself in a vacuum," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's top pandemic advisor, during an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, addressing Rogan's comments. "You worry that you will get infected and that you probably won't get any symptoms."

“Even if you don't have symptoms, spread the outbreak because even if you don't have symptoms, it is likely that you accidentally and innocently infect someone who might infect someone who really might have a problem with a serious one Result, ”said Fauci.

Rogan added that he should get the Johnson & Johnson
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Spotify, which brought Rogan a $ 100 million deal last year, had been pressured to end the episode but did not. Spotify previously removed about 40 episodes from Rogan's show that contained misinformation and conspiracy theories.

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