Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Berated a reporter who asked him if he was vaccinated at a press conference earlier this week.
“Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’ll tell you,” Massie said when a reporter pointed out that he had not answered a question about his immunization status. “I am not vaccinated, and until there is… data that shows that it will improve the immunity conferred on me from a natural infection that I have had. “
The reporter confronted Massie after speaking at a press conference about the 2021 Fire Fauci Act, which cuts the salary of Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and calls for a review of his correspondence. and expenses.
Massie, who pointed out that he received his masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tested positive for the coronavirus in January 2020 and announced on Glenn Beck’s radio show in August 2020 that he had been tested positive for antibodies, prompting him to donate plasma, the Courier-Journal reported at the time.
The congressman co-sponsors the Fire Fauci Act – first introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. – with 10 other Republican members of Congress.
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“One of the biggest scandals of this whole pandemic is the cover-up that has been committed by Dr Fauci and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] – in particular the CDC – on the effectiveness of the immunity that is conferred after a natural infection, once you have recovered from [COVID], they completely ignored it, ”Massie said at the conference.
The Kentucky Republican made it clear that he is not advocating that people get the virus instead of the vaccine.
“The vaccine can save lives, that’s for sure,” he said. “But it is not necessary… to be vaccinated if you have already recovered from COVID. “
President Biden has set a goal of having at least one COVID-19 vaccine immunized to 70% of the U.S. population by July 4. That goal could be achieved with at least 65% of the population with at least one vaccine on Saturday, CDC immunization tracking shows.
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The CDC’s website states that “obtaining COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity.”
“Current evidence suggests that re-infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is rare within 90 days of the initial infection. However, experts are not sure how long this protection lasts, nor the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs the benefits of natural immunity, ”the website says.
New research suggests, however, that natural immunity may be enough to keep the virus at bay for almost a year.
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Meanwhile, with the majority of Americans vaccinated against the virus, cases have declined dramatically in recent months, with the average weekly number of infections falling below 12,000, according to CDC data.
Fauci was recently criticized by Republicans after thousands of emails obtained by Buzzfeed News and hundreds more reviewed by The Washington Post was published last month, moving lawmakers to the origins of COVID-19 and highlighting the credibility of a theory that it could have come from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.