Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci got into another heated exchange over the origins and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a virtual appearance before the U.S. Senate, Fauci was asked a slew of questions about the pandemic and his decisions stemming over the last three years.
In particular, Paul asked Fauci about the approval justification for booster shots for children over 5 years old.
“Are there any studies that show a reduction in hospitalization or death for children that take a booster?” Fauci asked.
“No,” Fauci said, leading Paul to respond: “Then why is the government recommending it?”
Fauci testified remotely to the Senate Health Committee after testing positive for coronavirus.
When the senator responded by demanding Fauci provide documents on his royalty income, the doctor lost his patience.
“Are you going to let me answer a question? Soundbite number one?” he said.
Paul recently released a damning report on rising inflation and its troubling effects on low and middle-income families and small businesses.
In an 18-page report called “The Hidden Tax,” Paul, who serves on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, blames the 7% spike in consumer prices – a 40-year high – on “excessive coronavirus relief spending by Congress.”
Paul is also warning that the rising prices are “only going to get worse.”