Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul suggested Tuesday National Institutes of Health Director Anthony Fauci should be removed from the airwaves for his incessant anti-science fearmongering throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Dr. Fauci should be voluntarily removed from TV because what he says is such a disservice and such fear-mongering, and almost all of what he says isn’t even matched by the science of his own institute,” Paul said on Fox Business. “Really, what we need to do is hear from a lot of different experts.”
.@RandPaul: “Dr. Fauci should be voluntarily removed from TV because what he says is such a disservice and such fear-mongering, and almost all of what he says isn’t even matched by the science of his own institute." pic.twitter.com/1ElPRknQV6
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 13, 2021
Other expert opinions however have been stifled repeatedly by Silicon Valley tech giants with lucrative interests in prolonging a pandemic. Just this month, Google-owned YouTube, the internet’s most popular video hosting website, stripped a coronavirus roundtable event featuring Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with elite-educated medical professionals in March because one expert questioned the need for children to wear face masks.
Paul’s comments came after Fauci gave his blessing to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommending states halt distribution of the coronavirus vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson after six women developed blood clots.
“I don’t think it was pulling the trigger too quickly,” Fauci said Tuesday.
Dr. Fauci on Johnson & Johnson: "I don't think it was pulling the trigger too quickly."
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 13, 2021
Six women developing blood clots out of the nearly seven million doses of the one-shot vaccine distributed, puts the probability of blood clot complications, which are not confirmed directly related to the medicine, at 0.000001 percent. Americans, according to the CDC, have a better chance of being struck by lighting.
We’re going to slow down our response to a pandemic that has killed half a million people because of six possibly related blood clots. 0.000001%. Unbelievable. https://t.co/Z4rsaWZuz9
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) April 13, 2021
Paul said Tuesday vaccination for COVID ought to be a personal decision, in which individuals evaluate the risk factors of receiving the vaccine versus infection from the virus.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Paul reiterated, is “very very safe.”
“If you’re over 80, without question, it’s the only one you should get, take it. If you’re over 70, take it. But it does depend on your age. If you’re under 25, the chance of dying from this is one in a million,” Paul said.
Paul, himself a medical doctor as an ophthalmologist, clashed with Fauci last month in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing over masks. He accused the corporate media’s favorite doctor on coronavirus of “political theater” for wearing two masks despite full vaccination.
“You want people to wear masks for another couple of years,” Paul said, highlighting the absence of significant evidence to show widespread infection in those with immunity. “You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again… You want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy? Tell them they can quit wearing their masks after they get the vaccine.”
Sen. @RandPaul: "If we're not spreading the infection, isn't it just theater? You have the vaccine and you're wearing two masks, isn't that theater?
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Here we go again with the theater. Let's get down to the facts."
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 18, 2021
This article has been updated since publication.