Is the Department of Health and Human Services under the Biden administration ignoring what politicians call “the science” when it comes to natural immunity to the coronavirus?
That includes what? Pleased. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, asked: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Thursday. The senator questioned Becerra about his qualifications to make scientific decisions for the United States regarding the coronavirus.
Paul referred to an Israeli study of 2.5 million patients in which he said the vaccinated group was “seven times” more likely to become infected with the coronavirus than the group that contracted COVID-19 naturally.
Becerra said he was “unfamiliar” with that particular study, but that he could “call back” Paul on that statement.
“Well, you’d think you might want to” be familiar with the study, Paul replied. “If you travel across the country offending the millions of Americans, including NBA star Jonathan Isaac, who recovered from COVID, look at a study involving 2.5 million people and say, ‘You know what? It looks like my immunity is as good as the vaccine or not, and in a free country maybe I should be able to make that decision.”
Instead, Becerra has called those who choose not to get the coronavirus vaccine “flat-earthers,” Paul added.
“We find that very insulting. It goes against the signs,” said Paul. “Are you a doctor – a doctor?”
Becerra seemed to dodge the yes-no question.
“I’ve worked on health policy for over 30 years,” he said.
Becerra didn’t respond when Paul asked if he had a science degree.
“You made these decisions — a lawyer with no scientific background, no medical training. This is an arrogance that comes with an authoritarianism that is inappropriate and un-American,” Paul said. “You, sir, ignore the science.”
He alluded to “robust, long-lasting immunity” after a coronavirus infection and said Becerra should be “ashamed” for being “unfair” regarding naturally acquired immunity.
HHS did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
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Original author: Sydney Shea