Paul told Fauci that Americans shouldn’t have to wear masks after getting vaccinated because there is “virtually 0% chance” they are going to get Covid-19.
“Isn’t it just theater?” the Kentucky junior senator, a physician, asked during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
In response, Fauci said, “Here we go again with the theater.”
″Can I just state for the record that masks are not theater,” Fauci said. “I totally disagree with you.”
The emergence of new, highly contagious variants poses a threat to people who have recovered from Covid or who have been vaccinated, he said.
“In the South African study conducted by [Johnson & Johnson], they found that people who were infected with wild type and were exposed to the variant in South Africa, the 351, it was as if they had never been infected before, they had no protection,” Fauci said.
Fauci agreed it was unlikely someone would get infected with the original strain for at least six months, “But we in our country now have variants.”