CNN host John King revealed live that he suffers from multiple sclerosis while urging Americans to get vaccinated against COVID to protect immunocompromised people like him.
“I’m going to share a secret I’ve never told before,” King, 58, said in an Inside Politics segment on Tuesday. “I am immunocompromised. I have multiple sclerosis.
“So grateful to you all to be vaccinated,” he said during a panel discussion on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell from COVID-19 on Tuesday at the age of 84 .
“I’m grateful to my employer to say that all of these amazing people who are working in the field, who have been here for the last 18 months when we are doing this, are getting vaccinated now that we have vaccines,” King said.
“I’m worried about taking it home to my 10-year-old son who can’t get the vaccine,” King continued, noting, “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. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive COVID vaccines, although Pfizer’s vaccine is expected to be widely approved for young people between the ages of five and 11.
CNN host John King revealed on air Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis and is immunocompromised as a result
He said he was grateful for the vaccination warrants and urged all eligible Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to protect those who are immunocompromised.
The comments came in the middle of a panel discussion on FOX News’ coverage of the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, with a chyron saying: “Right-wing media use Colin Powell’s death to deliver in question vaccines when not vaccinated face an 11 times higher risk of dying from COVID. ”
Powell died Monday morning of complications from the coronavirus, despite having been fully vaccinated.
But he was also immunocompromised, with a form of blood cancer called multiple mylenoma, which made him vulnerable to the virus.
And, he had Parkinson’s disease, which doesn’t increase your risk for COVID, but “makes it harder for you to recover if you get it,” according to the nonprofit Parkinson’s Foundation.
Yet on Monday night’s show, FOX News host Tucker Carlson said Powell’s death proved Americans “lied” about the effectiveness of vaccines, according to Deadline.
He conceded at the end of the show that he “left out the fact that Powell suffered from a number of different health issues.”
The comments came during a discussion of the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell (pictured) who died of complications from the coronavirus on Monday while being fully vaccinated. He was immunocompromised with blood cancer
On his show Monday, FOX News host Tucker Carlson claimed Powell’s death proved Americans ‘lied’ about the effectiveness of COVID vaccines
CDC maintains vaccines are effective in preventing serious injury and death from COVID, but some deaths are possible because no vaccine is 100% effective
And in Tuesday’s segment, King suggested that Powell’s death from the virus proved that more people should be vaccinated against COVID to protect the immunocompromised, as the death toll from the virus in the United States exceeded 725,000 people.
“Every once in a while something great comes along, forgive me FOX News,” he began, saying that what makes America truly exceptional “is when we all decide to define our personal tenets. or our personal preferences for the good of the team.
“The good of the team here is to come together and not spread this. ”
As of Monday, 51,249 new cases of COVID were reported nationwide, with 929 deaths reported, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.
Meanwhile, 66% of all eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, and 57.1% are fully immunized.
The CDC maintains that vaccines are effective in preventing serious injury and death from COVID.
But, he notes, “Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVI-19 will get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. “