Dr. Anthony Fauci, who currently serves as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as well as serving as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic, took a hit to his reputation over the past year in the eyes of millions of Americans.
Most of his critics blame his decline in credibility on his incessant flip-flopping with regard to pandemic guidance, which was evidenced once again in a recent interview, according to the Washington Examiner. Fauci admitted that the only reason he donned a face mask indoors was so that he didn’t send “mixed signals” to the public, admitting that his chance of infecting anyone as a vaccinated person was “extremely low.”
What did he say?
Fauci’s admission came on the heels of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest, updated guidance which said that vaccinated Americans no longer have to worry about wearing a mask indoors or outdoors and that the six-foot social distancing rule was also no longer applicable.
While most commonsense Americans understood that a vaccination meant that, for the most part, masks could be finally tossed in the trash, Fauci and many of his allies in the left-leaning media and Democrats in Congress continued wearing masks despite being fully vaccinated.
Fauci essentially admitted that his indoor mask-wearing was nothing more than theater.
“I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals. But being a fully vaccinated person, the chances of my getting infected, in an indoor setting, is extremely low,” Fauci said during an ABC News interview. “And that’s the reason why in indoor settings now, I feel comfortable about not wearing a mask, because I’m fully vaccinated.”
Vaccinated Democrats in Congress have been widely panned for continuing to wear masks, with many of their colleagues and critics accusing them of wearing the masks as a form of virtue signaling.
Rand Paul vindicated
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a medical doctor, has long been one of Fauci’s most vocal and high-profile critics. Fauci’s admission that he only donned a mask indoors for optical reasons contradicts statements that the infectious disease doctor made recently in a heated exchange with the Kentucky Republican.
“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater?” Paul said to Fauci during a recent Senate hearing. “If you’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”
“No, it’s not — here we go again with the theater,” Fauci responded, defensively. “The other thing is, that when you talk about reinfection, and you don’t keep in the concept of variants, that’s an entirely different ballgame. That’s a good reason for a mask.”
Paul would go on to accuse Fauci of “making a policy based on conjecture,” pointing out that there was no available science that currently supports the idea that there are significant reinfection rates caused by COVID-19 variants.
The Kentucky senator, as usual, was right, and Fauci’s recent admission bolsters a commonly-held theory among many that Democrats — likely knowing full well that vaccinated people didn’t need masks — continued to push the pro-mask stance as a fearmongering and control tactic.