Dr. Fauci and Senator Rand Paul Face Off In Senate Hearing

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went afte rdirector of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci, on how COVID-19 restrictions have been effective in the spread of the virus.

Fauci quickly responded as Paul compared the US and Sweden’s response to slowing the spread the virus, and Paul's assertion that their death rate slowed because of fewer restrictions. Fauci said the comparison was inappropriate between the US and Sweden, and then defended the US response. 

“I don’t regret saying that the only way we could have really stopped the explosion of infection, was by essentially, when I say shutting down, I mean essentially having the physical separation and kind of recommendations that we made,” Fauci said.

The Kentucky lawmaker went on to say that Fauci was a “big fan of Cuomo and the shutdown in New York.”

“You’ve misconstrued that, senator, and you’ve done that repeatedly in the past,” Fauci retorted. “They got hit very badly and they made some mistakes.”

Paul continued to push back against the infectious disease expert.

Fauci explained to the committee: “This happens with Sen. Rand all the time.”

He then spoke directly to the Junior Senator from Kentucky, saying, “you are not listening to what the director of the CDC said” about immunity rates in New York.

Paul tested positive for COVID-19 in March.

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