mr. Becerra took a swing at “flat-earthers” last week as he urged vaccines at a health policy forum sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Kentucky, saying that “because some flats, especially those in places of influence, choose to vent with fiction, we lose more of our loved ones.”
Taking offense was Mr. Paul, that mr. Becerra at a hearing Thursday of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, citing a comprehensive Israeli study that found those in the vaccinated group were more likely to contract COVID-19 than those with naturally acquired immunity.
“Would you like to apologize to the hundred million Americans who have suffered from Covid, survived, have immunity, and yet you want to suppress and vaccinate them?” asked the Kentucky Republican. “Will you apologize for calling those people flat-earthers?”
Apparently Mr. Becerra didn’t and replied “I appreciate everyone has their opinion.”
“We follow the facts and the science at HHS. We use the expertise of the medical professionals, the scientists at HHS to make decisions,” said Mr. Becerra said. “It’s a team effort and we rely on what’s on the ground to show us results.”
mr. Paul also made a point of drawing attention to Mr Becerra’s lack of medical training. The former Democratic congressman has a BA in economics and a law degree from Stanford, and to be absence of scientific references became a problem during to be confirmation process.
“You’re not a doctor. Do you have a scientific education?” mr. Paul asked rhetorically.
He continued: “And yet you travel the country, calling people flats who have had Covid, looked at studies of millions of people and made their own personal decision that their immunity they have been given naturally is enough. But you’re somehow assuming to tell more than a hundred million Americans who have survived Covid that we don’t have the right to determine our own medical care?”
mr. Becerra said, “I’ve worked on health policy for over 30 years.”
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“You’re ignoring history and science to put the ‘flat-earthers’ as you call them to shame,” he told the secretary. “You should be ashamed and apologize to the American people for being dishonest about naturally acquired immunity.”
In his September 21 address, Mr. Becerra urged Kentuckians to get vaccinated. A foundation poll found that 20% of the state’s residents were hesitant to get the vaccine.
“More than 660,000 Americans have died from COVID-19,” said Mr De Boer. Becerra, as reported by WKU Public Radio. “And because some flat-earthers, especially those in places of influence, choose to vent fiction, we’re losing more of our loved ones today than we were a few months ago.”
The Centers for Disease Control reported on Friday that 65.1% of U.S. residents aged 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses.