"Fauci continues to ignore 100 years of vaccine science. His only real theme is 'do what I say' even when it makes no sense," Paul tweeted on Monday, April 12.
His tweet came in response to a Sunday evening interview in which Fauci encouraged vaccinated individuals to continue taking precautions and not resuming normal activities just yet.
Paul and Fauci had clashed over the same topic before. During a congressional hearing last month, Paul derided Fauci's recommendation that people wear a mask even if they've caught or gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Republican senator suggested it's just "theater" to mask up if you have already been immunized either through infection or vaccination and accused Fauci of making policy based on conjecture.
"You've been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show," Paul told Fauci. "You want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy? Tell them they can quit wearing their masks after they get the vaccine."
Fauci pushed back. "Well, let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. Masks are protective," he said.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) explained that COVID-19 variants circulating in the U.S. pose a threat even to people who previously got infected or vaccinated.
While someone would have some spillover immunity, Fauci said protection from a variant can be diminished "by anywhere from two-to-eightfold." He also indicated the COVID-19 variants are a good reason for people who've gotten some level of immunity to still wear a mask.
Fauci has been sticking with that narrative for a while now.
"There are things, even if you're vaccinated, that you're not going to be able to do in society," Fauci said during a White House COVID-19 press briefing back in February. "For example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate. That's because of the safety of society."
His comments came on the same day the country passed the grim milestone of 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Fauci stressed that while being vaccinated dramatically increases one's "own personal safety," it's not a free pass to party like the pre-pandemic days. "Because the burden of virus in society will be very high – which it is right now," he said. (Related: New book details Dr. Fauci’s involvement in Wuhan and the Chinese military's dangerous gain-of-function coronavirus research.)
The COVID-19 vaccines used to inoculate most Americans don't necessarily prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. While they can help prevent people from contracting severe cases of COVID-19, the jabs may not stop them from getting sick altogether.
LewRockwell.com published an article in February claiming that the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 shots are not actually vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna jabs were the only two authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. at the time.
The article claimed that the actual patents for Pfizer's and Moderna's injections "describe them as gene therapy, not vaccines."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccine is "a product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease." Immunity, on the other hand, is defined as "protection from an infectious disease." Meaning, if you are immune to a disease, you can be exposed to it without becoming infected.
The CDC's definition of vaccine does not fit Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 jabs, the LewRockwell.com article said.
While a typical vaccine uses an antigen of the disease it is trying to prevent, Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 doses contain synthetic RNA fragments encapsulated in a nanolipid carrier compound, the sole purpose of which is to lessen clinical symptoms associated with the S-1 spike protein, not the actual virus.
They do not actually impart immunity or inhibit the transmissibility of the disease. In other words, they are not designed to keep people from getting sick with SARS-CoV-2. They only lessen a person's infection symptoms if or when that person gets infected.
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