Why is it that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) so often just exudes arrogance to the point that it seems like he’s putting on a skit?
During a Senate hearing this week, Paul — once again — confronted Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health over the Senator’s conspiracy-minded concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul began a portion of his questioning by playing a clip of past commentary from Fauci, whose career in public health stretches across decades, speaking against the prospect of somebody who was infected with influenza needing a vaccine for it. Notably, influenza and COVID-19 are — get this — not the same thing, although Paul also claimed that the pandemic-driving pathogen supposedly might be less serious in terms of fatalities than the flu.
“This is an ongoing question, and we’ve had ever evolving opinions from you, Dr. Fauci,” Paul began, as though he actually knew what he was talking about. “Currently antibody surveys show that 80 percent of children — approximately 80 percent of children — have had COVID. And yet there are no guidelines coming from you or anybody in the government to take into account their naturally acquired immunity. You seemed quite certain of yourself in 2004 [in the clip], but in 2022, there’s a lot less certainty… The mortality from COVID is very similar if not less than influenza. So when we look at this, we wonder why you seemed to really embrace basic immunology back in 2004 and how you or why you seem to reject it now.”
“I don’t reject basic immunology, Senator,” Fauci replied. “And I have never denied that there is importance of the protection following infection. However, as we have said many times, and as has been validated by the authorization by the FDA through their committee and the recommendation by the CDC through their committee, a vaccination following infection gives an added, extra boost. And that film that you showed is really taken out of context. I believe that was when someone called in who’d had a reaction to a vaccine and asked me through a telephone in the interview if they should get vaccinated again.” Later on, Paul ranted — in a rather heated tone — that “the very basic science is that previous infection provides a level of immunity. If you ignore that in your studies, if you don’t present that in your committees, you’re not being truthful or honest with us.” Fauci explained during that very hearing how the government actually dealt with these facts in committee work at federal health agencies. The facts weren’t ignored — as Fauci just informed the Senator. Watch clips below:
Fauci to Rand Paul: "I have never ever denied fundamental immunology. In fact, I wrote the chapter in the textbook of medicine on fundamental immunology." pic.twitter.com/LKUpoYOy4o
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2022