Stewart, who previously hosted “The Daily Show” and inspired “The Colbert Report” spinoff years later, riffed with Colbert about vaccine science and the renewed interest in theories regarding whether the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab.
“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart said. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science. There’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China. What do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird.”
Stewart jokingly compared the coronavirus outbreak to “an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey,