Dr. Fauci Schools Rand Paul in Heated Clash Over Coronavirus Lockdown Response: ‘You Are Not Listening'
Added 09-23-20 12:34:03pm EST - “Things got relatively heated between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator Rand Paul during a Wednesday Senate hearing on the ongoing U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.” - Mediaite.com
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Things got relatively heated between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator Rand Paul during a Wednesday Senate hearing on the ongoing U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The junior senator from Kentucky, who is himself a medical doctor, opened his question in a remarkably aggressive manner noting that, initially, “government officials were honest enough to admit that the goal of mitigation efforts, aka, “lockdown,” was to flatten the curve.” He then claimed that “flattening the curve” has since “morphed into a belief that we could change the course of the pandemic with an economic lockdown” blaming media and government officials.”
He then cited New York and New Jersey as the highest spikes of infections in the nation, compared to Sweden, which eschewed a lockdown. He rhetorically asked if “man is really able to control the course of a virus through crowd control” before noting to Dr. Fauci, “today you said you are not for economic lockdown, yet your mitigation recommendations from dating to baseball to restaurants to movie theaters have led to this economic lockdown.”
“Our death rate is essentially worse than Sweden, equivalent to the less-developed world that is unable to do any of the things that you’ve been promoting,” he pointedly noted, before eventually arriving at the question, asking “Do you have any second thoughts? Are you willing to look at the data that countries that did very little actually have a lower death rate than the United States?”
“Senator, I’d be happy at a different time to sit down and go over detail,” Fauci replied. “You’ve said a lot of different things. You’ve compared us to Sweden and there are a lot of differences and you said, well, you know there are a lot of differences between Sweden, but compare Sweden’s death rate to other comparable Scandinavian countries, it’s worse. So I don’t think it’s appropriate to compare Sweden to us.”
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