Sen. Paul: 'Prior COVID Infection is Protective,' But Fauci 'Dismissed It' and 'Thousands Died in Nursing Homes'

Michael W. Chapman | March 17, 2023 | 10:14am EDT
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)  (Getty Images)
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Everything that Dr. Anthony Fauci has done "has been to cover up his culpability" in the COVID pandemic, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who added that Fauci "dismissed" natural immunity after COVID infection as a way to battle the virus and, "as a consequence, thousands of people died in nursing homes...."

"For a year we did not have a vaccine," Sen. Paul told Maria Bartiromo on FBN's Mornings With Maria, March 16.  "What is the one thing that could have saved people’s lives in the nursing homes? We should have had nurses and nurse’s assistants who were taking care of the elderly who had already recovered from COVID."

"There were plenty of people, after a month or two, that are recovered," said Paul.  "We could have saved thousands of lives if he [Fauci] would’ve admitted that prior infection is protective not only to the person, it keeps you from spreading it to the elderly."

"We could have used that strategy but Anthony Fauci dismissed it," said the senator.  "As a consequence, thousands of people died in nursing homes because of his downplaying of prior immunity or prior infection and immunity.”

NBC News reported in February, "Immunity acquired from a Covid infection provides strong, lasting protection against the most severe outcomes of the illness, according to research published Thursday in The Lancet — protection, experts say, that’s on par with what’s provided through two doses of an mRNA vaccine."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Getty Images)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Getty Images)

Senator Paul, a medical doctor, often asked Dr. Fauci why he was stressing the vaccines over natural immunity. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) in a Sept. 15, 2021 letter to Fauci, the CDC and the FDA, wrote, 

"On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced vaccine mandates in both the public and private sectors without making any exceptions for those who have been previously infected with COVID-19 and have natural immunity.When asked to comment on the effectiveness of natural immunity against the virus based on recent studies from Israel, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated he did not 'have a real firm answer' on that.

"Almost 20 months into the pandemic, it is shocking that the chief medical advisor to the president does not have a firm grasp on the effectiveness of natural immunity, but still promotes freedom-robbing vaccine mandates.  This administration clearly does not want the public to question whether natural immunity is more effective than vaccines. 

"As President Biden revealingly declared, the vaccine mandate 'is not about freedom or personal choice.' This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties."

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Earlier in the Mornings with Maria interview, the host asked Sen. Paul, "Was this all about saving his [Fauci's] own butt because he knew he was directing money to the Eco-Health Alliance, which was then sending money to the Wuhan lab?”

Sen. Paul replied, “He’s always been conflicted because his self-interest is to protect his reputation. He approved of not only sending the money to Wuhan, he also approved generally, for about a decade, of gain-of-function research. There was a big debate about this in 2010 when they discovered how to take the bird flu, the avian bird flu, and make it infectious for humans. They did this in a lab and the whole scientific community became worried, so they put a pause on this."

“But Anthony Fauci went around the pause," said Paul.  "And the interesting thing, and this has come to light, all the research that he funded in Wuhan was not reviewed by the committee that was set up to review this. He went around the community. There’s something called a ‘pandemic pathogen committee’ that is supposed to look into the danger of it. They were prevented from doing this because Anthony Fauci purposely went around them."

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Paul continued, “Everything he’s done has been to cover up his culpability, because the thing is it was probably the worst judgment, the worst scientific decision in modern medical history to send this money to Wuhan where the controls in the lab on safety weren’t good, but also the openness and transparency of their government has not been good as well. This was a terrible mistake."

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