WATCH: Dr. Fauci Displays Anger At Rand Paul’s Lies About Coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, became noticeably upset with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during Wednesday’s Senate hearing.
- After Paul criticized Fauci for praising New York’s handling of the pandemic, saying the state had the highest death rate in the world, Fauci responded: "You misconstrued that, Senator. And you've done that repetitively in the past."
- Fauci said New York was “hit very badly” and “made some mistakes” but added that what the state is doing now to “get their test positivity to 1% or less is because they are looking at the guidelines that we have put together from the task force.”
- He pointed to using “masks, social distancing, outdoors more than indoors, avoiding crowds and washing hands” as reasons for New York’s success.
- Paul countered, “Or they’ve developed enough community immunity that they’re no longer having the pandemic because they have enough immunity in New York City to actually stop it.”
- Fauci said, “I challenge that, Senator,” before being interrupted and asking to continue.
- “Please sir, I would like to be able to do this, because this happens with Senator Rand all the time.”
- Fauci continued: “You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said, that in New York it’s about 22%. If you believe that 22% is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that.”