Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a medical doctor, interrogated HHS secretary Xavier Becerra this week at a Senate Health Committee hearing and berated him for calling Americans who refuse to get vaccinated “flat earthers.” The senator pointed out millions of citizens have recovered from COVID and have natural immunity, including NBA start Jonathan Isaac, and denounced Becerra for his lack of knowledge and scientific credentials.
Among other things Sen. Paul said:
You’re not a medical doctor. Do you have science degree? And yet you travel the country calling people who have had COVID, who have looked at studies of millions of people, and made their own personal decision that their immunity that they naturally acquired is sufficient.
But you presume, somehow, to tell over a hundred million Americans who have survived COVID that we have no right to determine our own medical care, that you alone are on high, and you’ve made these decisions — a lawyer with no scientific background, no medical degree[.] … [T]his is an arrogance, coupled with an authoritarianism, that is unseemly.
Paul added: “Dozens and dozens [of studies] show robust, long-lasting immunity after COVID infection. Even the CDC does not recommend measles vaccine if you have measles immunity. The same was true for small pox. But you ignore history and science to shame the ‘flat-earthers’ as you call them. You should be ashamed of yourself and apologize to the American people for being dishonest about naturally acquired immunity.”
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