‘We’re Going To Change The Rules’: Rand Paul Threatens Fauci In Testy Senate Spat
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questions Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing about the federal response to monkeypox, on Capitol Hill September 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. The U.S. is working to contain the largest monkeypox outbreak in the world, with more than 22,600 cases across all 50 states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threatened Dr. Anthony Fauci during a testy hearing on Wednesday, making it abundantly clear that things would be different if Republicans were to gain control of Congress in the fast-approaching midterm elections.

Fauci, who was on Capitol Hill to discuss the federal government’s response to monkeypox, has sparred with the Kentucky Senator on a number of occasions — and Wednesday’s hearing was no exception.


Paul began with a video of Fauci responding to a question about a patient who wondered whether it would be necessary or wise to get a flu shot after previously being infected with the virus — to which Fauci said no. He explained at the time that previous infection provided protection just like a vaccine would.

“When people decry vaccine hesitancy, it’s coming from the gobbledygook that you give us. You’re not paying attention to the science. The very basic science is that previous infection provides a level of immunity,” Paul said. “If you ignore that in your studies, if you don’t present that in your committees, you’re not being truthful.”

Fauci objected, first claiming that the video was “out of context” and then insisting, “I have never, ever denied fundamental immunology. In fact, I wrote the chapter in the Textbook of Medicine on fundamental immunology.”

Paul pushed back, however, noting that in nearly every study determining whether or not additional booster shots were necessary — particularly with regard to COVID vaccines — no one was considering whether or not a person had been previously infected as a factor.

Paul then turned on Fauci directly, adding, “We’ve been asking you and you refuse to answer whether anybody on the vaccine committees gets royalties from the pharmaceutical companies. I asked you last time and what was your response? ‘We don’t have to tell you.'”

“But I’ll tell you this, when we get in charge, we’re going change the rules and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties from, from what companies, and if anybody on the committee has a conflict of interest. We’re gonna learn about it. I promise you that,” he said.

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