Rand Paul Grills Dr. Fauci On COVID Reinfection & Double Masking
Senator Rand Paul grilled White House health adviser Dr. Fauci on Thursday about the reason for Americans needing to continue wearing masks even if they have already been infected with COVID or already vaccinated.
Fauci has made recommendations that people continue wearing face masks and social distance even after receiving the vaccine into 2022.
Sen. Paul pushed on Fauci to present science behind the recommendation and wondered if there are any studies that show mask-wearing being necessary even after vaccination.
“What specific studies do you cite to argue that the public should be wearing masks? Well, into 2022?” Sen. Paul asked.
Fauci answered, “I’m not sure I understand the connection of what you’re saying about masks and reinfection. We’re talking about people who have never been infected before.”
Sen. Paul continued, “You’re telling everybody to wear a mask, whether they’ve had an infection or a vaccine. What I’m saying is they have immunity and everybody agrees to have immunity. What studies do you have that people who have had the vaccine or have had the infection are spreading the infection? If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? No, it’s not a vaccine. And you learn to mask. Isn’t that theater?”
Fauci was then upset over being called out for his theater and said, “Now. Here we go again with the theater. Let’s get down to the facts, OK? The studies that you quote from Crotty and Setit, look at in vitro examination of memory immunity, which in their paper, they specifically say this does not necessarily pertain to the actual protection. It’s in vitro.”
Sen. Paul called him out again, “And what study and you point to that shows reinfection. There are no studies that show this.”
Yossi Gestetner pointed on Twitter, “Oh look. The vaccines protect against variants of Coronavirus. 1 @RandPaul 0 Fauci,” in resonse to an Oxford University study showing the ‘AstraZeneca, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines effective against variants’
Oh look. The vaccines protect against variants of Coronavirus.
0 Fauci https://t.co/rddug483HX
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 19, 2021