Rand Paul Criticizes Fauci on Absence of Data Proving Efficacy of Boosters for Children

Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul lambasted NIAID Director Anthony Fauci for pushing vaccine boosters on children, while refusing to provide accurate data proving their efficacy, or why they are needed in the first place.

The feud occurred during a Senate Health Committee hearing - at the event, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Fauci and other officials were hoping to secure further funding for the nation’s pandemic response.

Rand Paul told Fauci that “Dr. Fauci, the government recommends everybody take a booster over age five,” during a Zoom interview. “Are you aware of any studies that show reduction in hospitalization, or death for children who take a booster?”

Dr. Fauci responded with: “Right now, there’s not enough data that has been accumulated, Senator Paul, to indicate that that’s the case.”

Paul then responded by saying: “So there are no studies – and Americans should all know this – there are no studies on children showing a reduction in hospitalization or death with taking a booster.”

Paul then asked: “If I give you 10, or if I give a patient 10 mRNA vaccines, and they make protein each time, or they make antibodies each time, is that proof that we should give 10 boosters?”

Fauci then responded by saying “No. I think that is somewhat of an absurd exaggeration.”

“But here’s the other thing,” Paul went on to say, “There are some risk factors for the vaccine. So the risk of myocarditis with a second dose for adolescent boys 12 to 24 is about 80 in a million. This is both from the CDC and from the Israeli study.”

“So, there is risk, and there are risks, and you’re telling everybody in America just blindly go out there, because we made antibodies… So, it is not an absurd corollary to say, ‘If you have 10.’ In fact, you probably make antibodies if you get a hundred boosters. All right? That’s not science, that’s conjecture and we should not be making public policy on it.”

During the hearing, Rand Paul asked Anthony Fauci if he “ever received a royalty payment from a company that you later oversaw money going to that company?”

Fauci responded with “I don’t know as a fact, but I doubt it.”

Paul then noted that the “NIH continues to refuse to voluntarily divulge the names of scientists who receive royalties, and from which companies, over the period of time from 2010 to 2016.”

Paul then asked Fauci: “Can you tell me if anyone on the vaccine approval committee’s ever received money from the people who make vaccines?”

Fauci then responded back with “People who receive royalties are not required to divulge them even on their financial statement according to the Bayh–Dole Act,”

Paul then concluded by stating: “It’s all redacted and you can’t get any information on the 1,800 scientists who received royalties,” he was then cut off by the head of the Committee.

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