Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dr. Anthony Fauci had a heated back-and-forth today during a Senate committee hearing, with the Republican senator issuing a stern warning to the top federal health official.
Paul grilled Fauci about the mysterious royalties he receives from Big Pharma companies.
The senator then reminded Fauci that things will be different when the GOP takes charge of Congress, warning that he will be compelled to “divulge” where the money comes from.
“When people decry vaccine hesitancy, it’s coming from the gobbledygook that you give us,” Paul said as he blasted Fauci.
“You’re not paying attention to the science.
“The very basic science is that previous infection provides a level of immunity.
“If you ignore that in your studies, if you don’t present that in your committees, you’re not being truthful.”
“I have never, ever denied fundamental immunology,” Fauci said.
“In fact, I wrote the chapter in the Textbook of Medicine on fundamental immunology.”
Complete exchange between Sen. @RandPaul and Dr. Anthony Fauci at Monkeypox hearing.
Sen. Paul plays @cspanwj clip of Dr. Fauci.
Fauci: “That film that you showed was really taken out of context…Reuters fact-checked, looked at that…”
Paul: “Actually, words don’t lie.” pic.twitter.com/d9tvNtli87
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 14, 2022
“We’ve been asking you and you refuse to answer whether anybody on the vaccine committees gets royalties from the pharmaceutical companies.
“I asked you last time and what was your response? ‘We don’t have to tell you.’
“But I’ll tell you this, when we get in charge, we’re going change the rules and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties from, from what companies, and if anybody on the committee has a conflict of interest.
“We’re gonna learn about it.
“I promise you that.”
Rand Paul to Fauci:
“You refuse to answer whether anybody on the vaccine committees gets royalties from the Pharma industry… When we get in charge, we’re gonna change the rules and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties from. We are going to learn about it.” pic.twitter.com/4CKH9z6ibk
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 14, 2022
I’m doing everything I can to hold Fauci accountable. In today’s hearing he tried to give excuses but words don’t lie! https://t.co/iqJzaV3BEM
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 14, 2022