Days after Sacha Baron Cohen confirmed the ending of “Borat,” it appears the British comedian has found a lucrative job elsewhere: selling COVID-19 vaccines to celebrities.
In a sketch during Thursday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Cohen was interrupted by what appeared to be a burning cell phone ringing as he answered the question, “Was it fun playing Borat?”
Putting aside his serious statement about Borat’s political impact, Cohen excuses himself to answer his phone, with a number he seems to recognize. Say hello to the caller, called Bonus.
“Yes, I have AstraZeneca; I bought some from Pfizer. What do you want? “He asks the caller as he flips through a mini fridge in the background, filled with oat milk and what appears to be hermetically sealed vaccines.” Yes, Venmo is fine, “the call concludes.
“Did I hear you correctly? Was that Bono? Kimmel asks, to which Cohen clarifies: “A different Bonus: Chaz.”
The part includes calls from “Tom Cruise” – initially mistaken for Tom Hanks and Tom Holland – Kanye West and Wesley Snipes.
“I don’t mean to meddle, but are you selling vaccines?” asks the host of the night.
“Stay out of this, Kimmel,” replies Cohen. Take care of that pretty face of yours. There is no vaccine for broken legs. “
Later, actress Isla Fisher, Cohen’s wife, enters the scene looking particularly scruffy, nervous, you might say, with a wad of cash. “Honey, honey, Ruffalo is outside. Here’s the money, “he says, and then asks for” two Pfizers, one Modern and one Oatly “for” Mark Ruffalo. “
Noticing his careless behavior, Cohen asks Fisher, “Have you been drinking any vaccinations?”
After a bit of pressure, he confesses with a deep sigh, “I’ve had 15.”
Later, Kimmel suggested that the critically acclaimed satirist should focus more on the Academy Awards than selling vaccines.
“This is my Oscar campaign, ”Cohen barks. “Jimmy, [I’ll] Put it this way: None of Hollywood’s foreign news outlets will be getting COVID-19 any time soon. “
True to the roots of Cohen’s satire, the part touches on a very real theme amid the launch of the coronavirus vaccine: the elitism of the vaccine. As various drug brands continue to introduce their version of the COVID-19 antidote, a certain overhaul has emerged that is dangerously undermining the effort to vaccinate all Americans.
In january, a parody of British comedian Josh Berry Craftily captures the worrying mindset by framing vaccines as if comparing top-tier universities.
“What vaccine did you get?” Berry begins by talking to an imaginary other. “Oh that’s cool. Me? Oxford. Yeah, everyone in my family had it, so I thought, ‘Why not me?’ You know, I just didn’t want to settle for Pfizer, no offense. “
But consistently selecting each vaccine, where it was developed, who funded it, or which demographics will benefit the most, can run the risk of spreading misinformation, doctors warn.
The efficacy of the vaccine between brands has fallen on a spectrum with success rates ranging from 72% (Johnson & Johnson) to about 95% (Pfizer and Moderna), according to studies, which, in large part, may depend on age and the patient’s health status. and number of other factors. Despite the range, doctors have emphasized that any vaccine is considerably better than none.
NYU Langone Health epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer L. Lighter suggested the brand “doesn’t matter” in an interview with the university’s news site published Thursday.
“Get it as soon as you’re eligible,” he urged. “Vaccines have been proven to prevent serious disease and that is our goal.”
Lighter explained that the goal of a vaccine is not necessarily to prevent people from getting sick, but to strengthen their immunity enough to keep them out of the hospital. “If someone gets a mild infection, even after vaccination, that’s not a cause for concern,” he said. “What we need is for people to stay out of the hospital and reduce the risk of death.”
He also reiterated that “none of the trial participants who received [a] the vaccine died of COVID-19. “
“There is no clinically significant difference between these vaccines,” Dr. Lighter said. “None. So please don’t hesitate to get vaccinated.”