"Is it really? That's reassuring," Mills replies. "Everybody here's been vaccinated anyway."
Without reacting, Roberts goes on to explain that a "USC and LA County public health study found that there may have been between 221,000 - 442,000 actually infected with Covid-19 in Los Angeles, rather than the 7,000 originally believed -- which would strongly dilute the mortality rate.
Because you asked.....The @USC @lapublichealth study is real - but not yet peer-reviewed. The rest of the exchange was sardonic humor and sarcasm... There is NO vaccine. And it is NOT a hoax.
The recording was widely shared on social media, as conspiracy theorists jumped on one of two seemingly contradicting bits of information: that the virus was a hoax, and that a vaccine exists but is only available for those close to the President.
On Wednesday morning the Fox correspondent, who is married to ABC correspondent Kyra Phillips, was forced to take to Twitter to explain the joke.
"Because you asked.....The @USC @lapublichealth study is real - but not yet peer-reviewed," he tweeted. "The rest of the exchange was sardonic humor and sarcasm... There is NO vaccine. And it is NOT a hoax."
There have been more than 820,000 recorded cases in the US so far, and over 45,000 deaths.