Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul joined “Fox & Friends” Thursday to defend his earlier statements at Wednesday’s coronavirus hearing.
At the hearing, Paul challenged infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s stance on immunity and asked him to provide evidence on why people who have been vaccinated need to continue wearing masks.
“That’s the science of vaccines. When you get an infection or you get the vaccination, you develop immunity. Yet [Fauci] keeps moving the goal post saying, ‘well you might get this variant from South Africa.’ My point to him is: show us the evidence. Show us the scientific evidence that people who have already have Covid, people who have already had the vaccine, are getting it again,” Paul said on Fox & Friends.
“If they’re getting it in large numbers and they’re getting ill and going to the hospital and dying, we should know that. But it’s not true. It’s his conjecture. He says we might get it, therefore we need to wear the mask for another year.”
“It’s a ridiculous notion not based on science and what he is doing is theater and it goes against the science of vaccines. Dr. Fauci has immunity, he can’t get it again. He’s wearing a mask because it’s one of his noble lies to convince everybody to wear masks, but it’s not true.”
Paul went on to say that as an incentive for those who have been vaccinated, they should be allowed to not wear a mask.
“It should be the incentive for people to go out and get vaccinated,” Paul said.
Fauci said he “totally disagrees” with Paul and explained that new, highly contagious variants could pose a threat to people who have recovered from Covid or who have been vaccinated.
Fauci has said the U.S. is in a race against virus variants and he is concerned the country will “declare victory” over the virus too soon.
“I’m concerned that if we pull back in our enthusiasm for the fact that vaccines are rolling out, and things look good, if we pull back prematurely, we may trigger another surge. And that would really set us back in all the things that we’re trying to do,” Fauci said at the hearing Thursday.
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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