Senator Rand Paul grills HHS secretary on why no consideration has been made for scientifically-proven natural immunity

In a tense exchange between Senator Rand Paul, also a doctor, and HHS secretary Xavier Becerra, Senator Paul grills Becerra about one-size-fits-all approach to vaccines and the failure of government policies to consider the studies showing natural immunity to be superior to vaccines in preventing Covid-19 infection.

Paul: “Are you familiar with an Israeli study that had 2.5 million patients and found that the vaccinated group was actually 7 times more likely to get infected with Covid than the people who had gotten Covid naturally?”

Becerra: “Senator I’d have to get back to you on that one I’m not familiar with that study.”

Paul: “Well, I think you might want to be if you’re going to travel the country insulting the millions of Americans including NBA star Jonathan Isaac who have had Covid, recovered… look at a study with 2.5 million people and say, you know what, it looks like my immunity’s as good as the vaccine or not. In a free country, maybe I ought to be able to make that decision. Instead you’ve chosen to travel the country calling people like Jonathan Isaac and others, myself included, flat earthers. We find that very insulting, it goes against the science. Are you a doctor or a medical doctor?”

Becerra: “I’ve worked over 30 years on health policy.”

Paul: “You’re not a medical doctor. Do you have a science degree? And yet you travel the country calling people flat-earthers who have had Covid, looked at studies of millions of people and made their own personal decision that their immunity they naturally acquired is sufficient. But you presume, somehow, to tell over 100 million Americans who have survived Covid that we have no right to determine our own medical care? You alone are on high and you’ve made these decisions, a lawyer with no scientific background, no medical degree. This is an arrogance, coupled with an authoritarianism that is unseemly, and un-American. You sir are the one ignoring the science.

“The vast preponderance of scientific studies, dozens and dozens, show robust long-lasting immunity after Covid infection. Even the CDC doesn’t recommend measles vaccine if you have measles immunity. The same was true for smallpox. 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.”

Senator Paul ends, “Nobody wants to get the disease. We’re not advising anybody to get the disease. But if you’re unlucky enough to get it, think of the nurses and doctors and orderlies who all bravely took care of Covid patients. There was no vaccine for a year and a half. They took care of people, risked their lives, they got it, survived, and now people like you are arrogant enough to to say, ‘you can no longer work in the hospital because you’ve already had the disease, we’re going to force you to take a vaccine that the science does not prove is better than naturally acquired (immunity).’ That’s an arrogance that should be chastened.”

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