Republican Senator Rand Paul has publically criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci and his advice to government officials that they should continue extending coronavirus-related lockdowns.
During a Senate Oversight Committee hearing on the coronavirus response, Paul called Fauci into question and challenged his “end-all” decision-making.
“I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy,” Paul said via the Washington Examiner. “And as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision.”
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Paul said as healthcare workers are giving leniency to infectious disease experts on how to continue treating the coronavirus, Fauci should also give leniency to lawmakers on how to govern.
“We’re opening up a lot of economies around the U.S., and I hope that people who are predicting doom and gloom and saying, ‘Oh, we can’t do this’ … will admit that they were wrong if there isn’t a surge because I think that’s what’s going to happen,” Paul said.
He continued: “In rural states — we never really reached any sort of pandemic levels in Kentucky and other states. We have less deaths in Kentucky than we have in an average flu season.”
The Washington Examiner reports Paul’s comments were in response to Fauci saying delays could be expected when developing a coronavirus cure.
“We will be investing considerable resources in developing doses even before we know any given candidate or candidates work,” Fauci said. “I must warn that there is also the possibility of negative consequences, where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection.”
Fauci also said there could be “needless suffering” if states acted too soon in their plans to reopen, risking more of their populace contracting the coronavirus.
Paul argued that re-openings should be done on the local level.
“We really ought to be doing it school district by school district,” he said per the report. “The power needs to be dispersed because people make wrong predictions, and really, the history of this when we look back will be of wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction.”
Fauci pushes back on Rand Paul's demand that schools reopen: "We don't know everything about this virus, and we really ought to be very careful, particularly when it comes to children." pic.twitter.com/yAF1H4cW4X
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