But Dr. Malone was not the lead author of the paper and, according to Dr. Acsadi, did not make a significant contribution to the research. While the article claimed the technology could “provide alternative approaches to vaccine development”, Dr Acsadi said none of the other authors would claim to have invented the vaccine.
“Some of his work was important,” said Dr. Alastair McAlpine, a pediatric infectious disease specialist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, “but it’s a far cry from claiming to have invented the technology that underpins vaccines like that we use them today.”
The vaccines “are the result of hundreds of scientists from around the world, all coming together to form this vaccine,” said Dr McAlpine. “It was not an individual or the pioneering work of an individual.”
A Penn Medicine spokeswoman said, “We were thrilled to witness the deployment of vaccines in the global fight against the virus and the well-deserved global recognition of Drs. Kariko and Weissman’s decades of visionary basic science research.
Dr Malone pushes back against criticism leveled at him by scientists, researchers and journalists, and dismisses dozens of fact checks challenging his claims as “attacks”.
He also continues to repeat his claims, with the help of his wife, Dr. Glasspool Malone, who is trained in biotechnology and public policy. She writes, he said, more than half of the articles published on his Substack newsletter – which is awash with conspiracy theories about Covid-19 vaccines. Recent articles include “The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine” and “What’s It Like to be Vindicated?”
Dr Malone said he does not align himself with any particular political party. But in recent months, he and his wife have made numerous stops at popular conservative conferences, like Hereticon, the Peter Thiel-backed conference in Miami for self-proclaimed Silicon Valley mavericks, and the “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington. .