On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, commenting on the state of COVID and the vaccine rollout, said in an interview that, “We should not have government mandates based on what we don’t know. We should make mandates based on what we do know.”
The libertarian-leaning Republicans made his comments on Fox News’ “Your World.”
Paul Rips Fauci
Paul credited the vaccine rollout with lessening the incidents of infections and deaths.
When asked by host Neil Cavuto about top coronavirus pandemic doctor Anthony Fauci, Sen. Paul said, “Here’s the thing about Dr. Fauci. We should not have government mandates based on what we don’t know. We should make mandates based on what we do know. When they can prove something is a real problem, let’s consider a mandate.”
Paul then described a recent exchange he had with Fauci that showed how even if something isn’t necessarily proven, Fauci errs on the side of caution.
Sen. Paul believes this is overreach.
“The last time he [Dr. Fauci] had the pushback with me, he said, ‘What about the variants? You may have had the infection or may have had the vaccine, but you may be susceptible to the variants,’ Paul said.
Dr. Fauci, great news! T cell immunity after natural infection shown to include variants. Do we still need to wear multiple masks after we’ve recovered or been vaccinated?https://t.co/sSsE66wJbs
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 31, 2021
Sen. Paul: ‘What We Need To Do Is Not Push Fearmongering’
He added, “All of the studies so far show the vaccine works well against most of the variants and natural disease works very well against the variants.”
“In fact, a study that came out in January from one of his [Fauci’s] own institutes, one of his scientists that works for him, said that natural immunity, those that got it the natural way, the way I have, have immunity to all the variants as well,” Paul said.
“What we need to do is not push fearmongering,” Paul insisted. “Is it perfect? No.”
But Paul said, the “burden should be on government to prove there’s widespread — people that have had it or not getting it by the tens of thousands, or [that] people being vaccinated are still passing it along.”
Paul also noted, “Even the CDC admitted, before somebody made them roll it back, but the head of the CDC was on TV saying if you have been vaccinated, we discovered that you’re not carrying it, you’re not transmitting.”
“This is all good news,” Paul said.
On March 30, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, “Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data.”
On April 2, the CDC walked back that claim, with a spokesman telling the New York Times, “It’s possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get COVID-19. The evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence.”
I urge everyone to get the vaccine if you think you need or want it. And then I urge everyone in America to throw away their masks, demand their schools be open, and live your lives free of more government mandates and interference. https://t.co/RV7IoWkxQm
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 6, 2021
Paul: ‘These People Can’t Stand Good News’
That’s when the Republican senator said he believes these officials are averse to “good news.”
“These people can’t stand good news because that means you get out from under their thumb and you’re allowed to go back to living your life,” Paul said.
“They don’t want you to be free of their mandates,” he added. “They like the idea of submission because most of these people, at heart, they are big government people.”
Paul elaborated on the good news.
“So far the good news is that we’re finding longstanding T-cell mediated immunity, memory immunity, to people that have had it,” he said.
Paul continued, “There’s no big studies showing that we’re getting widespread reinfection of those that have had it. It’s very, very rare.”
Undoubtedly, Paul’s opinion on the mindset of health officials will prove controversial.
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