Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday and ran into a buzzsaw by the name of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who berated the Biden official for ignoring the science behind natural immunity and denying Americans the right to take their own medical decisions.
Paul, who has had COVID-19, referenced a recent Israeli study that found vaccinated people are up to seven times more likely to get the virus than those who have natural immunity, prompting Becerra to claim that he was ” not familiar” with that study.
“Well, you’d think you might want to be if you’re going to travel the country insulting the millions of Americans, including NBA star Jonathan Isaac, who has had Covid — recovered… look at a study with 2.5 million people and say, ‘You know what? Looks like my immunity is as good as the vaccine or not. Maybe, in a free country, I ought to be able to make that decision,'” Paul replied.
“Instead, you’ve chosen to travel the country calling people like Jonathan Isaac, and others, myself included, flat-earthers,” he continued. “We find that very insulting. It goes against the science.”
Speaking at an online forum last month hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Becerra said, “Because some flat-earthers — especially those in places of influence — choose to peddle fiction, we’re losing more loved ones today than we were a few months ago. Flat earthers — meet delta.”
Rand Paul on Fire making Great Points ~🔥
HHS Xavier Becerra
“Are you a medical doctor?”
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) September 30, 2021
The senator from Kentucky was just getting warmed up, as he then asked Becerra if he was a qualified medical doctor, already knowing the answer to that question — the Biden official replied to say that he has 30 years experience with health policy.
“So you’re not a medical doctor. Do you have a science degree?” Paul followed up, again knowing the answer was no. “And yet, you travel the country calling people ‘flat-earthers’ who have had Covid, looked at studies with millions of people and made their own personal decision that their immunity naturally acquired is sufficient. But you presume, somehow, to tell over 100 million Americans who’ve survived Covid that we have no right to determine our own medical care.”
“You alone are on high and you’ve made these decisions, a lawyer with no scientific background, no medical degree… this is an arrogance coupled with an authoritarianism that is unseemly and un-American,” Paul tore into Becerra. “You sir, are the one ignoring the science. The vast preponderance of scientific studies, dozens and dozens, show robust, long-lasting immunity after infection.”
He went on to say that Becerra is the one ignoring history and science “to shame the flat-earthers, as you call them.”
“You should be ashamed of yourself, and apologize to the American people for being dishonest about naturally-acquired immunity,” Paul concluded.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., took to the floor of the Senate on Thursday to take apart President Joe Biden’s claim that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated and that if you get vaccinated you will not die.
He referenced data from England that showed 63% of Delta deaths in last 7.5 months involved people who were fully vaccinated, before asking, “What is the justification of mandates and refusal to recognize natural immunity?”
.@POTUS says this is a pandemic of the unvaxxed.
Data from England show 63% of Delta deaths in last 7.5 months were fully vaxxed.
Why won’t @CDCgov share US data with the American people?
What is the justification of mandates and refusal to recognize natural immunity? pic.twitter.com/p3hA1eTiWZ
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) October 1, 2021
On that front, two U.S. servicemen, Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Robert and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Hollie Mulvihill, have filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department seeking an exemption for service members who have recovered from COVID-19, according to Military.com.
“Service members that have natural immunity, developed from surviving the virus, should be granted a medical exception from compulsory vaccination because the DoD instruction policy reflects the well-established understanding that prior infection provides the immune system’s best possible response to the virus,” the lawsuit states.
Natural immunity has been a popular topic online this week… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 30, 2021
It’s common sense – breakthru infections are everywhere…..where are the reinfections?
— Joe Vols (@THEjoevols) September 30, 2021
Over 160 million Americans already had Covid and recovered, based on CDC data.
Thus, nearly half the United States already has natural Covid immunity, regardless of vaccination status.
But the Biden administration refuses to acknowledge it.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 30, 2021
I have never heard anyone actually explain why people with natural immunity ought to get vaccinated when they already have better immunity than the vaccine affords. Is it just to be a team player? Is that why they should be compelled to inject something into their bodies?
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 28, 2021
Rand Paul broke HHS Secretary Becerra today
It’s was freaking glorious!
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) October 1, 2021
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