7 episodes

👋🏼 Hello and welcome to your new favourite podcast! Are you worried about the jab? Do you have questions about COVID? Are you confused by all the misinformation out there?🦠 Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Tune in to The Jab Gab to hear some of your fave comedians and celebs ask top scientists and doctors all their burning vaccine and COVID questions! Who says you can’t learn with a few laughs?

The Jab Gab Dr Shalin Naik

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

👋🏼 Hello and welcome to your new favourite podcast! Are you worried about the jab? Do you have questions about COVID? Are you confused by all the misinformation out there?🦠 Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Tune in to The Jab Gab to hear some of your fave comedians and celebs ask top scientists and doctors all their burning vaccine and COVID questions! Who says you can’t learn with a few laughs?

    Bye for now

    Bye for now

    Well, that’s our last episode for now. It’s been quite a ride!! 
    We set out to communicate all facts and no bullshit when it comes to COVID, and I think we did just that. 
    We had an absolute blast bringing together Australia’s leading scientists and Doctors along with Australia’s funniest comedians. We learnt while we laughed. 
    We were absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by the positive response of our experts and comedians giving graciously of their time – thank you so much!
    We'd also like to thank their agents and managers who to time out of their busy days to help make this happen.
    The world in which we live is so noisy when it comes to information and misinformation. Knowing who to trust and understanding how it might affect you or your loved ones is more important than ever! I hope we helped you sort out some of the facts from the fiction. This was a passion project of myself and comedy Producer Ged Wood and it has been an absolute pleasure to climb this steep learning curve with him! We also must give heartfelt thanks to Socials Manager Brigette Duckworth, Booking Agent Nikki Hamilton, and audio producer Andy Maher, and our funders WEHI, The Burnet Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute. And finally, thank you. Thanks for listening, sharing and supporting this podcast. At our peak, we hit the Apple Australia Charts! Top 3 for Medicine and Top 45 in all health and Fitness. That couldn’t have happened without you. Stay safe, be happy and see you on the other side of this pandemic! Bye for now.
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    Peter Doherty's Nobel, Omicron and fighting misinformation

    Peter Doherty's Nobel, Omicron and fighting misinformation

    Dr Shalin Naik is joined by Nobel Prize winning Professor Peter Doherty, Luke McGregor and Dave Thornton.

    What did Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty win his Nobel Prize for?
    Were there any perks to winning it?
    How did his discovery change the study of the immune system?
    What do we know about Omicron?
    Will our current vaccines work against it?
    Will it jump the immune barrier?
    What happens when we run out of Greek letters?
    What does Dan Murphy's have to do with Peter's Twitter followers?
    Why does Peter try to correct the record on vaccine misinformation?
    Is he in the pocket of Pfizer, or a puppet of an authoritarian system?
    Why so such vaccines come from big companies like Pfizer and Astra Zeneca?
    Can one be anti-authoritarian and pro-vaccine?


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    • 34 min
    COVID: where did it come from, which drugs fight it, how to plan for Xmas?

    COVID: where did it come from, which drugs fight it, how to plan for Xmas?

    Dr Shalin Naik is joined by comedians Chopper and Dane Simpson, and scientist Prof Sharon Lewin, Virologist and Director of the Doherty Institute.

    - Did COVID come from Pangolins?
    - What role did bat poo (guano) have?
    - Is this the first infection from animals i.e. a zoonoses?
    - Do these new drugs molnupirivir and paxlovid work?
    - What about antibody therapy like made by Regeneron used on Donald Trump?
    - Do we still need the vaccine with these new drugs on the market?
    - Why do drugs have such difficult names?
    - What is the evidence Ivermectin works?
    - Are Joe Rogan and Seth Rogan brothers?
    - Is COVID worse than the flu?
    - Should we still have the big family get togethers at Christmas?
    - How do we deal with our Druncle and vaccine hesitAunty?
    - What are ways the Indigenous and Aboriginal communities are working together?
    - Should our vaccinated grandparents mix with unvaccinated children and adults?
    - Will we see something like COVID again?
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    • 46 min
    Kids, COVID & vaccines, and Australia opening up

    Kids, COVID & vaccines, and Australia opening up

    Dr Shalin Naik is joined by comedians Dave O'Neil and Meshel Laurie along with scientist Prof. Brendan Crabb and Dr Margie Danchin to discuss questions around how to manage COVID in our kids, and the steps to take as Australia opens up.

    - Are kids getting sick from COVID?
    - Which age groups have vaccines available to them?
    - Are there any side effects of the vaccines in kids?
    - How are schools opening up safely? 3Vs: Vaccinate, ventilate, vital COVIDsafe steps
    - Will the vaccines become 3 doses as standard?
    - When can we pack out the pubs again?
    - Will we need a yearly booster, and will COVID stick around for ever?
    - Is rapid antigen testing available and when should we use it?
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    • 39 min
    What's in the mRNA vaccines and what makes us vaccine hesitant?

    What's in the mRNA vaccines and what makes us vaccine hesitant?

    Dr Shalin Naik is joined by comedians Merrick Watts and Mandy Nolan along with scientists Prof. Nicole La Gruta and Prof. Julie Leask to discuss questions around vaccines and COVID.

    - What's in the mRNA vaccines and does it mutate my DNA?
    - What can we expect if our kids get COVID?
    - Are vaccines causing COVID to mutate?
    - What causes COVID to mutate?
    - How does this new drug Molnupirivir work?
    - What types of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal are there?
    - How do we talk with friends and family who are hesitant or anti-vaxxers?
    - Israel was the poster child for the vaccine but now has lots of cases. Does that mean the vaccines don't work?
    - How should we think about the risks of vaccine side effects?
    - Are places like Byron Bay equipped to handle lots of ICU cases?


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    • 44 min
    How do vaccines work, and how bad is Delta?

    How do vaccines work, and how bad is Delta?

    Comedians Nazeem Hussain and Cal Wilson  along with Doctor Kate Gregorevic and Professor of Immunology Sammy Bedoui discuss questions around vaccines and COVID. 
    · How is Delta different, and how bad is it?
    · Are the vaccines still in trial phase?
    · Do we know if there will be long term side affects?
    · Can’t my natural immunity fight the virus?
    · Will herd immunity protect me?
    · Do I still need to wash my hands?
    · What do cows have to do with vaccination?
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

ZK0000000001 ,

Down to earth vax info

Answers lots of good questions about vaccines/covid, really reassuring, and ep 4 in particular dead set hilarious.

VioletSabrewing ,

Interesting AND funny

Really impressive line-up of scientists and comedians, talking much more candidly and conversationally about covid than I’m used to. Highly recommended way to hear answers about common covid questions. The episodes make me laugh, and they also make me feel more reassured! Loving it.

geynjigd ,

Must listen

Lots to think about, and heaps of good knowledge for talking to family and friends. Plus Cal and Naz!

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