"I didn't want to look like I was giving mixed signals"
Dr Anthony Fauci has admitted that he continued to wear a mask after being vaccinated for optics reasons, after attacking Senator Rand Paul for claiming it was merely “theatre.”
Fauci appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, where he discussed the CDC’s recent change of guidelines regarding wearing masks, in that the organisation recommended that anyone who had been vaccinated for coronavirus could stop wearing a mask, both indoors and outdoors, and without social distancing.
Responding to George Stephanopoulos, who asked Fauci what had changed in his life since the new recommendations, he said he was now “much more comfortable” with people seeing him indoors without a mask. “Before the CDC made the recommendation change, I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals, but being a fully vaccinated person, the chances of me getting infected in an indoor setting is extremely low, and that’s the reason why in indoor settings now, I feel comfortable about not wearing a mask because I’m fully vaccinated,” Fauci said.
This means that Fauci, who is presented as a total expert on coronavirus, masks, vaccinations, and all other topics regarding this pandemic, has now completely contradicted himself. In March, Senator Rand Paul grilled Fauci at a hearing, where he cited a number of studies noting that after either being infected with coronavirus or being vaccinated, the chances of reinfection were incredibly low, and yet Fauci at that point still recommended everybody wear a mask. “If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theatre?” Paul asked. “You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theatre?”:
You’re making policy based on conjecture. You have the conjecture that we’re going to get variants, so you want people to wear a mask for another couple years. You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show. You can’t get it again. There’s virtually a zero percent chance you’re gonna get it… You’re defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear a mask who have been vaccinated. Instead you should be saying there is no science to say we’re going to have a problem.
Fauci went on the defensive, claiming that variants of coronavirus could come into the United States, suggesting that they could reinfect people who were vaccinated or had already been infected. “Let me just state for the record that masks are not theatre, masks are protective,” Fauci said at the time. He “totally disagreed” with Paul’s assessment that wearing a mask was just to “give comfort to others” when vaccinated, yet this is exactly what he implied he was doing in his interview on Tuesday.
National File reported last week that Senator Paul’s father, Dr Ron Paul has called for the firing of Fauci, telling listeners on his Liberty Report podcast that he is a “fraud,” and warned of a long term restriction of civil liberties following the pandemic.