Dr. Fauci's 'Schooling' Of Rand Paul Draws Cheers From Medical Community

Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during a Senate hearing on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday when Paul incorrectly claimed that the high number of infections in New York show that lockdowns don’t work, and when Fauci challenged him, noting the current low positive test rate in the state, Paul erroneously said it is lower because of herd immunity.

Fauci said Paul “misconstrued” what happened in New York, adding that Paul has done so “repetitively in the past,” and while mistakes were made, the state has gotten its positive test rate to “1% or less” because they’ve followed CDC guidelines—and Fauci accused Paul of “not listening” to what CDC Director Robert Redfield said about the infection rate and not understanding herd immunity.

Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health said Paul “almost” understands the complex issues of immunity and cross-reactivity and keeps sharing “nonsense that is largely incorrect,” while “Dr. Fauci patiently lays out the facts.”

Chip Franklin, a National Murrow Award Winning journalist, called Paul “ignorant” and tweeted the clip of the interaction saying, “Watch Fauci school him.”

Dr. Howard Forman, a professor and radiologist at Yale University, said Fauci is “not taking s*** from Rand Paul today.”

Epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding called Paul a “fake-board-certified ophthalmologist” and said he created his own “dubious org to self certify himself,” pointing to a Washington Post article.