[Video] Did a White House Hot Mic Pick up Low Fatality Rate and Vaccine Claim?

Before Donald Trump's daily briefing, Doug Mills and John Roberts were caught on the White House's hot mic. They talked about how the Covid-19 rate was lower.
By
Zahrah A
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27 April 2020

Before the US President's daily briefing, the White House hot mics had picked up a controversy-sparking conversation. This conversation was held between John Roberts, a Fox News reporter, and Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer.

John Roberts could be seen in the footage telling Mills to take off his mask and then quoted statistics from a recent California study that recorded the fatality rate of Covid-19. He said that "the case fatality rate is 0.1 and 0.3 according to USC" (University of Southern California). However, the study had suggested that the infection rate in California was likely much higher than initially reported.

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When Mills responded, he said, "Is it really? That's reassuring. We've all been vaccinated around here". This led the conversation to become viral - one video on Twitter coming up 10 1.3 million views.

Later on, in the hot mic captured conversation, Robers had said that USC and LA County public health came out with a study that "that there are 7,000 cases in California but they really believe there are anywhere from 221,000 to 442,000 people who are infected". To which, Mills responds saying "So it was a hoax?" Roberts then says that "No, I don't think it was a hoax".

As this controversy blew up on the internet, John Roberts was prompted to clarify what he said. He told the Associated Press that the conversation that was captured was the "sardonic gallows humour" between friends. He then said that it was a "total joke" and that "clearly no-one has been vaccinated" because a vaccine doesn't exist as of now.

The Hot Mic Video

This begs the question - In which realm of sanity would someone joke like this about Covid-19? What do you THINK?

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