Sen. Paul Rand Calls Dr. Fauci’s Words About Vaccines ‘Gobbledygook’ – Watch
Sen. Rand Paul did not pull any punches with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday. He made the good doctor face exactly what he once said about the superiority of natural immunity over vaccines.
During a Senate hearing on monkeypox, Paul played a video of Dr. Fauci’s own words from 2004. He said that “the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself.”
Fauci said this during a taping of C-SPAN’s “The Washington Journal.” He was asked by a caller whether she should get a flu shot after having already been infected with influenza for two weeks.
“If she got the flu for 14 days, she’s as protected as anybody can be, because the best vaccination is getting infected yourself,” Fauci said at the time. “If she really has the flu, she definitely doesn’t need a flu vaccine.”
The C-SPAN host backed up to make sure of what Fauci had said and asked again if the caller should get the flu shot. Fauci explained, “She doesn’t need it because the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself.”
Fauci, in 2004: “If she got the flu for 14 days, she’s as protected as anybody can be, because the best vaccination is getting infected yourself. If she really has the flu, she definitely doesn’t need a flu vaccine … the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself” pic.twitter.com/3Ztv66Sgi9
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After Paul showed the clip from 2004, he asked Dr. Fauci why he continues to push COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, including for children, when according to Paul, children have COVID antibodies.
“When we look at this we wonder why you seem to really embrace basic immunology back in 2004 and how you, or why you, seem to reject it now,” Paul noted.
Fauci responded that he does not reject “basic immunology” and has never denied “there is importance in the protection following infection.” But then he talked about the importance of vaccination after infection for an “added, extra boost.” He then claimed his comments from 2004 were “really taken out of context.”
But Paul doubled down.
“Actually, words don’t lie,” Paul interjected. ”So what you’re doing is denying the very fundamental premise of immunology that previous infection does provide some sort of immunity,” Paul added.
Paul went further, “You decry and people decry ‘vaccine hesitancy’— it’s coming from the gobbledygook that you give us. You’re not paying attention to the science!”