During a Senate hearing on Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called out Dr. Anthony Fauci over government recommendations of COVID-19 booster shots for children, asserting that Fauci’s approach was “conjecture.”
Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and serves as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, appeared virtually before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions after revealing that he had tested positive for COVID on Wednesday.
Paul condemned Fauci after the NIAID director admitted that “not enough data” had been gathered to conclude that booster shots reduced hospitalizations or deaths for children. Fauci also failed to mention a single study that proved booster shots were necessary for children.
“Are you aware of any studies that show reduction in hospitalization or death for children who take a booster?” Paul asked.
“Right now, there’s not enough data that has been accumulated, Senator Paul, to indicate that that’s the case,” Fauci replied, going on to try to explain that the government’s recommendation is based on an “assumption” regarding the morbidity and mortality of children in different age groups, but Paul quickly cut him off.
“So there are no studies. And Americans should all know this. There are no studies on children showing a reduction in hospitalization or death with taking a booster,” Paul said.
“That’s not science, that’s conjecture, and we should not be making public policy on it,” the Kentucky senator added after asking whether children needed as many as 100 booster shots.
Children ages 0-17 make up approximately 0.1% of deaths from COVID-19, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fauci went on to claim that studies indicated that receiving a vaccine following a COVID infection provided “the optimal degree of protection” for people, attempting to dodge the actual question which specifically focused on children.
“You can’t answer the question I asked,” Paul responded. “The question I asked is, how many kids are dying, and how many kids are going to the hospital who’ve already had Covid? The answer may be zero. But you’re not even giving us the data. Because you have so much wanted to protect everybody from all the data. Because we are not smart enough to look at the data.”
The government recommends a booster for children despite Fauci admittedly not having any evidence to support their decision.
"That's not science. That's conjecture. And we should not be making public policy on it." pic.twitter.com/fbZgBgN85Q
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) June 16, 2022