(USA Features) Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that the country’s top immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, should be removed from any position of authority.
“I would say he falls in the category of not being a very trusted adviser, not being a very wise person, not showing very good judgment, so I wouldn’t say we remove his license,” Paul told Newsmax TV’s morning show, “Wake Up America.”
“I would say we would remove him from a position of authority so he shouldn’t be leading the effort” into the post-pandemic immunization effort, he continued.
“Mainly because he discounts one of the most important parts of science, which is natural immunity. About 100 million people have gotten COVID, 34 million people tested positive, but the CDC estimates that there is at the very least two more people for every person that tested positive that also had the disease,” Paul, himself an ophthalmologist, added.
“That’s about 100 million people. If you discount that, then you make the wrong-headed public health decision that we must face,” he said.
“Yeah, vaccines on younger and younger people. They’re now talking about going down to the age of two. I suspect they’ll go all the way down to newborns,” he noted further.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently published information noting that more than 1,000 reports to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System have associated two conditions involving inflammation of the heart called pericarditis and myocarditis are likely associated with younger people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
“These reports are rare, given the hundreds of millions of vaccine doses administered, and have been reported after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, particularly in adolescents and young adults,” the CDC’s website noted.
As for Paul, who has often sparred with Fauci over vaccine efficacy and COVID-related guidelines such as masking during congressional hearings, he believes recommending young people who are not at risk of catching a fatal version of the virus should not be mandatorily vaccinated.
“The thing is, is it’s not based on science and looking at the evidence, it looks like we’re reaching, if we have not already reached herd immunity because the numbers are plummeting daily — both the numbers of people and being infected and those dying. So really, we’re hopefully are beyond this,” he told Newsmax.
“There’s no real reason to be hysterical and force this on children, mandate it for school because the thing is for children, the bar is going to be much greater because children get almost no COVID symptoms,” he continued.
“They rarely die from it. It’s about one in a million. So we’re going to have to be even more stringent with proving the safety of the vaccine.”