Fauci Answer to Rand Paul: ‘I have never made myself out to be the end-all’
Telling Sen. Rand Paul that “I have never made myself out to be the ‘end-all'” and warning against “cavalier” thinking that children could be immune to the disease’s effects.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Top US infectious diseases expert, on Tuesday, defended his guidance to the national government:
over how to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, telling Sen. Rand Paul that “I have never made myself out to be the ‘end-all'” and warning against “cavalier” thinking that children could be immune to the disease’s effects.
Rand Paul said. “I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy, and as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all,”
“I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make the decision,” Paul continued. “We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge, and then we can safely open the economy. And the facts will bear this out.”
Fauci responded he never made (himself) out to be the end-all and only voice in this” and noted that “there are a number” of other officials who weigh on the admini
“I’m a scientist, a physician, and a public health official. I give advice, according to the best scientific evidence,” he said. “I don’t give advice about economic things.”
He noted that some kids presenting with Covid-19 have”an extremely unexpected inflammatory syndrome” like Kawasaki Disease.
Fauci added.“I think we better be careful, if we are not cavalier, in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects,”
Fauci added. “You’re right in the numbers that children, in general, do much, much better than adults and the elderly and particularly those with underlying conditions. But I am very careful, and hopefully humble in knowing that I don’t know everything about this disease. And that’s why I’m very reserved in making broad predictions.”
Paul that tested positive for corona virus in March previously requested Fauci about the chance of people who tested positive receiving some resistance from catching the virus again.
Fauci testified, “You can make a reasonable assumption that it would be protective, but natural history studies over a period of months to years will then tell you definitely if that’s the case.”
Responded Paul, “I think that’s important,” ” ‘In all likelihood’ is a good way of putting it. The vast majority of these people have immunity.”
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified that “would be a bit of a bridge too far,” given the current estimate of when a vaccine could be available. Instead, he said testing would be the crucial factor.
“The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the reentry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far,” he said.
Alexander had asked Fauci about the vaccine at the top of the hearing.
“Even at the top speed we’re going, we don’t see a vaccine playing in the ability of individuals getting back to school this term,” Fauci said. “What they want is to know if they are safe.”