Seeing Eye Doc
I’m not an expert at anything. I can admit that. Whenever I write, generally it can be assumed that I know only the tip of the iceberg on a given subject. I try not to speak out of my depth.
You cannot say that about Rand Paul.
Rand’s even had his own problems with certifying his own expertise, but you’ll note that now he is a virologist. No doubt you saw his nearly hilarious but ultimately infuriating dustups with Anthony Fauci about what he did or did not do to engineer viruses to be more transmissible. He’s not above slinging a conspiracy theory; in fact he did accuse Fauci and others of being directly responsible for the creation and subsequent leak of COVID-19 from the lab.
Paul made the allegation during an appearance on Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.,” hosted by former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Responding to Spicer’s questioning about “a lot of big pharmaceutical companies making a lot of money, that have a lot to gain by, sort of, say, Let’s have another booster and let’s have more people have to get vaccinated,” Paul said, “Why doesn’t Joe Biden speed up the second vaccine? I think we’re long overdue on the second vaccine … They have the ability to create these vaccines within a month or two. The one for the delta variant’s been sitting on the shelf now for months. Why aren’t they using it? ‘Cause the thing is, is Big Pharma or is a monetary incentive — have we already bought so much of the old vaccine that we’ve got to use up the old vaccine before we use the new vaccine?”
He must have needed the 75 foot roll of tinfoil for this gobbledygook.
Actual experts, unsurprisingly, disagree:
The available COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be effective against the virus and previously discovered variants. And Paul presented no evidence that pharmaceutical companies are holding back other vaccines.
A study released in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as the delta variant spread during the summer, the vast majority of those who became infected with it were unvaccinated. NBC reported that the vaccine “remained highly effective” in preventing hospitalization in people under 65.
Former acting CDC Director Dr. Richard Besser told NBC, “These vaccines still remain extremely effective at preventing what we are most concerned about: severe infection, hospitalization and death.”
Multiple studies from across the world have found similar results, showing that the vaccine is effective against the alpha, beta, and delta variants.
On its website, the CDC notes, “The COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant.”
This is just another in a litany of attempts to discredit the vaccine program already in effect. Rand’s a fucking creep for misinforming and misleading yet more people about the nature of what’s already working.