TOP Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul clashed in a fiery exchange on Thursday as the infectious disease expert insisted “masks are not theater.”
During the lively Senate Hearing, US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Fauci continued to push his support of face masks being worn throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Rand Paul told Dr. Fauci: ‘You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show’Credit: EPA
Fauci continued to push his support of face masks during the Thursday Senate HearingCredit: EPA
Fauci has predicted face masks will be needed until 2022Credit: AP
However, Rand Paul – a physician serving as the junior US Senator from Kentucky since 2011 – denounced face masks and Fauci’s projection that face coverings will be needed until 2022.
Paul said: “You want people to wear a mask for another couple of years.
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again, there’s virtually zero percent chance you’re getting it.”
The Senator directed his comments at Fauci – who showed up to the hearing wearing two masks.
He added: “You’re telling everybody to wear a mask whether they’ve had infection or had a vaccine. What I’m saying is they have immunity and everybody agrees they have immunity.”
“What studies do you have that people who have had the vaccine or had infection are spreading the infection?
“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks. Isn’t that theater?”
Dr Fauci insisted: ‘Masks are protective’Credit: CNN
After getting interrupted by Paul, Fauci sternly added: ‘I totally disagree with you’Credit: Splash
Fauci fired back: “Let me just state for the record that masks are not theater.
“Masks are protective.”
After getting interrupted by Paul, Fauci sternly added: “I totally disagree with you.”
Earlier this week, Fauci said he believes Donald Trump should urge his supporters to get vaccinated as MAGA fans are among those least likely to get the Covid jab.
Speaking Sunday, the top doc said: “I think it would make all the difference in the world. He’s a very popular person among Republicans.
“If he came out and said, ‘Go and get vaccinated. It’s really important for your health, the health of your family and the health of the country,’ it seems absolutely inevitable that the vast majority of people who are his close followers would listen to him,” Fauci told the outlet.
Fauci previously said he would be ‘surprised’ if his followers did not listen to himCredit: The Mega Agency
Fauci added that he’d be “surprised” if his followers did not listen to him.
“I wish he would he has such an incredible influence over people in the Republican Party. It would really be a game changer if he did.”
In his interview with Fox, Fauci also backed President Biden’s projection that Americans can achieve some form of normalcy by July 4, citing the increasing number of coronavirus vaccines administered each day.
In his first prime-time speech on Thursday, Biden called on all states to open vaccine access for all adults by May 1.
Meanwhile, former president Trump told his supports to go get the Covid-19 vaccine – and slammed his successor Joe Biden for taking credit for the jab rollout.
“I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it – and a lot of those people voted for me frankly,” Trump told Fox News on Tuesday.