CNN host reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis as he thanks staff for getting shots

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CNN Anchor John King revealed that he has multiple sclerosis live on air as he thanked his staff for getting them vaccinated against COVID-19. inside politics.

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“I’m going to share a secret I’ve never spoken before. I’m immune,” Mr. King said on Tuesday. “I have multiple sclerosis. So I am grateful that all of you have been vaccinated. I’m grateful that my employer says that all these wonderful people working on the floor, who came here over the last 18 months while we were doing this, have been vaccinated now that we have vaccines. I worry about bringing home my 10-year-old son who can’t get the vaccine. I don’t like the government telling me what to do. I don’t like my boss telling me what to do. In this case, it’s important.”

The discussion was partly inspired by the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died after complications from Covid-19 but who also had a rare form of blood cancer and that affected the body’s ability to treat infection. weakens. While 84-year-old General Powell was fully vaccinated, his multiple myeloma diagnosis impaired his ability to fight the virus.


Some right-wing media outlets suggested that General Powell’s death indicated that vaccines did not work as advertised. Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that General Powell’s death proved that the American public had been “lie” about the effectiveness of vaccines. At the end of his program, Mr Carlson said he had “left out that Colin Powell was suffering from several different health problems” when he said that the general died of Covid-19 complications despite being fully vaccinated. Was.

During Mr King’s segment on Tuesday, CNN Kieron said: “Right-wing media use Colin Powell’s death to question vaccines, when without a vaccine face an 11X higher risk of dying from Covid.”

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The CDC has said that “some people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will still get sick because no vaccine is 100 percent effective” but a study published by the agency cited by CNN shows that adults In the U.S., the unaffiliated are 11 times more likely to die from the virus.

“The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools needed to turn the corner on this pandemic,” CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said during a briefing last month. “Vaccination works and will protect us from the serious complications of Covid-19.”

executive producer of inside politics Kristin Donnelly, on CNN tweeted That she was “grateful for the vaccines. For responsible journalism. And to John King for sharing the very personal news that highlights why it’s important to follow the science”.

Politico reporter Heather Kegel couple That it was “unbelievably brave of John to share this with us on the show today”.

new York Times White House correspondent and CNN analyst Zolan Kanno-Youngs tweeted: “I wish I had called it on-air but this personal appeal to the public to vaccinate took a lot of bravery from John King. And I admire how he still took the time to make sure those individuals got noticed Those who have lost their lives to Covid.”


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