Top NIH Director and President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser, Doctor Anthony Fauci, admitted that he continued to wear a mask after he was vaccinated to not conflict with the Centers for Disease Control’s messaging at the time.
Fauci explained why he continued to wear the mask during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” according to the Conservative Review, after being asked by host George Stephanopoulos about how his habits towards mask wearing have changed. Fauci had originally appeared on the program to discuss the new mask recommendations given by the CDC last week, telling vaccinated Americans that they no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.
“Before the CDC made the recommendation change, I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals.” Fauci told Stephanopoulos, adding that fully vaccinated people had an “extremely low” chance of being infected in an indoor setting.
Fauci also explained that he felt comfortable not wearing a mask indoors, and that people also felt comfortable seeing him without a mask indoors due to him being vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
The remarks also come only two months after Fauci got into a spat with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul over masks, mainly over whether a vaccinated individual could transmit the virus despite being vaccinated. Paul had rebutted against Fauci’s claims during the hearing, The Hill reported in March, stating that there was no scientific evidence at the time to back the doctor’s claims, leading him to say that the masks were just “Theater.”
“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You have the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?” Paul asked Fauci regarding his position, to Which Fauci rebutting that anyone would “very likely” have protection from wild types of COVID for “at least six months.”
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show! If you already have immunity, you’re wearing a mask to give comfort to others. You’re not wearing a mask because of any science.” Paul scolded during that hearing.
Fauci also said that the hearing that the South African variants, which were considered to be more transmissible and possibly vaccine-resistant at the time, were a “good reason” for the mask mandates to continue.
The Kentucky Senator sparred again with Fauci earlier in May, this time concerning controversial research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology studying “gain-of-function” regarding viruses, Axios reported at the time. Fauci denied that the National Institute of Health had participated in research or had funded the program, which has fueled theories as to whether the virus had leaked out of a lab or was released on purpose.
Paul had asked during that hearing whether COVID-19 could “have occurred through serial passage in the laboratory,” according to Forbes, to which Fauci deflected the question, but was “fully in favor of any further investigation of what went on in China.”
Paul also took a shot at Fauci last week, according to the New York Post, where he called the doctor a “little dictator” and that he has the “highest IQ for someone who actually acts like an ignoramus every day of the week.” Paul was responding to an interview where the doctor had advised that children who were not vaccinated wear a mask when interacting in an indoor or outdoor setting, an idea he had repeated in March.