Peter Hotez: Why He Won’t Debate

“Peter, if you claim what RFK Jr. is saying is misinformation, I am offering you $100,000 to the charity of your choice to debate him on my show with no time limit.”

And the little worm squirmed.

The worm I am referring to is Dr. Peter Hotez, and the quote above is from Joe Rogan. At the writing of this article, Joe Rogan’s challenge to Hotez has been viewed over 25 million times on Twitter. The offer money is being crowdsourced and is up to a pot of $2.6 million thus far. Apparently, lots of folks want to see this debate.

It all started with a long three-hour podcast interview by Joe Rogan of guest Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has done incredible work with the Children’s Health Defense and is an outspoken opponent of vaccines. If you didn’t catch that podcast, here it is in all its unedited glory.

RFK Jr. expressed all sorts of opinions, which is any American’s right, about the COVID vaccines, autism and the CIA murder of his father and uncle JFK. In particular, RFK Jr. touted the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin and the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID in lieu of the vaccines.

Apparently, Hotez took issue with this, which is very interesting, given that he is the dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. His own website says he leads a team that is developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS/SARS-2 coronavirus, diseases. Naturally, he promotes global access to vaccines, because his pocketbook directly benefits. If anyone should know about antiparastic and antimalarial drugs, it’s Hotez, right? Why wouldn’t he be able to carry himself well in a debate on tropical medicine?

He does know about ivermectin, because he wrote a 2007 New England Journal of Medicine paper on it, giving the history of the drug’s effectiveness. But in true worm-like fashion, rather than debate RFK Jr., Hotez, took to Twitter. He promptly asked for a $50 million endowment because Rogan and Kennedy are so stinkin’ rich. He tried to get money from them so that he could continue his work “making low-cost patent-free vaccines for the world’s poor.” He also asked for a public apology from RFK Jr.

Hotez is really pissed about RFK Jr’s antivaxxer status.

He has too good of a gig, actually, and doesn’t want anyone interfering with his gravy train. Let’s explore that gravy train, shall we?


Hotez has been in lock step with Pfizer for decades. Redacted News reporter Dan Cohen did a two part deep dive on Hotez; I highly recommend watching it. Cohen says Hotez started receiving money from Pfizer straight out of college, and he hasn’t stopped. And Hotez normally appears on Pfizer-backed channels only, like MSNBC. So that explains it. Like my grandma used to say: he can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. It really explains so much, such as why Hotez praised Pfizer’s Covid-19 clinical trial results for children aged 12 to 15 as “pretty impressive”. The trial showed 100% efficacy but we now know that Pfizer lied.

Lofty Colleagues: Gates and Fauci

Hotez also has an international status to protect. In 2022, he and colleague Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to develop and distribute a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine “to people of the world without patent limitation.”

According to his own bio, he has been developing recombinant protein coronavirus vaccines for SARS and MERS for over a decade at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2020, he developed the first recombinant protein COVID-19 through microbial fermentation in yeast. And it seems a famous friend helped him develop this. Hotez has a connection to researcher Zhengli Shi, more commonly known as the Wuhan Institute of Virology “bat lady.” They worked together to develop a lab-generated (a moniker for man-made) chimeric SARS-related coronavirus, and it was funded by an NIH grant, a grant that provided funding for two of Shi’s staff. Gain of function, anyone? Yes, that’s what this is.

So far, Hotez’s jab technology has been sent to four countries: India (Biological E, CORBEVAX), Indonesia (BioFarma, CORONAVAC), Bangladesh (Incepta) and Botswana (ImmunityBio). Over 100 million doses have been administered already in India and Indonesia. Gosh, he sounds like Bill Gates, doesn’t he?

Maybe that’s because they also work together. Here is a great 2021 article on Hotez; it starts with “The Bill Gates-funded doctor is very displeased that you aren’t blindly genuflecting before his unassailable brilliance.” An article with that lead sentence is definitely worth reading.

The author references a National Public Radio (NPR) tribute to Hotez: His projects receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which as many of our readers know, is a funder of NPR and this blog. When he’s not in the lab or in grant meetings, Hotez plays the role of advocate and spokesperson.”

There are many videos on the internet where Bill Gates himself is singing Hotez’s praises. This is blatant propaganda and Hotez is a salesman, not a scientist.

Lately, Hotez’s messaging has turned militant. What is he militant about? Anti-vaxxers. And anti-science promoted by anti-vaxxers. You know, people like RFK Jr. You would think he would relish the chance for a debate, but no. He sticks to Twitter, like this December 2022 Tweet where the WHO prominently features his militant attitude: Hotez says that anti-vaxxers have become a global killing force, and that anti-science kills more people than “gun violence, global terrorism, nuclear proliferation and cyberattacks.” Wow, just wow.

He is particularly militant about, and protective of, Dr. Anthony Fauci. After Fauci stepped down from NIH late last year, Hotez was on the short list as a likely successor. In fact, Children’s Health Defense republished an article, originally written by Dr. Joseph Mercola, wondering if he would assume Fauci’s role. Mercola’s article is a deep dive into Hotez’s world, and highly recommended reading. In 2021, Hotez actually said out loud that it should be a federal hate crime to criticize Fauci and other government-funded scientists. Yes, he really said that. But we know that this is a last-resort name-calling threatening tactic for people who know they have no grounds for a decent argument.

The Clintons and Obama

It is actually amazing that Hotez hasn’t taken Rogan up on the charity donation, particularly since Hotez has such a penchant for nonprofit work. After all, he worked at the Clinton Global Health Initiative and in 2006 founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to “provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people.” This is not anti-science; it comes from his own bio, linked above.

Take a gander at the rest of Hotez’s resume. From 2014 to 2016, he served in the Obama Administration as a US envoy to focus on vaccine diplomacy between the US government and North Africa as well as countries in the Middle East.

I literally could go on and on and write an 8,000-word expose on Hotez, but I won’t. In summary, Hotez is a self-proclaimed saint who toils tirelessly to develop vaccines for the world’s poor. But Hotez also wants to criminalize the questioning of vaccine safety and he wants to use cyberwarfare measures against anti-vaxxers to literally snuff them out. Journalist Paul Thacker wrote a great 2022 piece titled, “Peter Hotez Sees Aggression Everywhere But in the Mirror.” Yep. Or maybe worms can sense danger; many of us are awake and the vaccine industry is in deep trouble. We know.

Hopefully his wormy world is about to change, and he doesn’t like it one bit. Do you really feel bad that Hotez is bellyaching about being harassed for not debating RFK Jr.? Hotez is a paradox, but we’re seeing his true colors perhaps. Is Hotez a scientist or a salesman? Is he a prominent physician or a political operative peddling propaganda? Is he a Mother-Theresa-like figure helping the world’s poor, or is he one of the most hateful and dangerous people in medicine today?  You be the judge.


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Fed Up Texas Chick is a contributing writer for The Tenpenny Report. She’s a rocket scientist turned writer, having worked in the space program for many years. She is a seasoned medical writer and researcher who is fighting for medical freedom for all of us through her work.

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