Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky scolded a reporter who asked about his vaccination status after he said he does not think he needs it because he has built up natural immunity.
The Kentucky Republican joined fellow House Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Green, on Friday to support the Fire Fauci Act, which seeks to remove Dr. Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The House Republicans claim Fauci misled the public during the pandemic and are asking to look into his correspondences and expenditures.
During a press conference for the Fire Fauci Act, Massie said the CDC has an agenda to get everyone vaccinated even if they do not need to.
When a reporter pointed out Massie had not answered a previous question about his vaccination status he snapped back.
‘Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’m going to tell you,’ he said. ‘I’m not vaccinated.’
He went on to explain that he is waiting for ‘data’ that convinced him that he needs to get vaccinated and proves he does not already have immunity because of his previous infection.
‘Until there’s some science — by the way, I have a master’s of science degree from MIT,’ he said. ‘I’m not a virologist, but I can read data. Everybody just needs to read, and don’t put your head in the sand.’
‘Look at the data,’ he added ‘I’m not going to get the vaccine until there’s data that shows that it will improve upon the immunity that’s been conferred to me as a result of a natural infection that I had.’
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When a reporter asked about his vaccination status he snapped ‘Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’m going to tell you,’ he said. ‘I’m not vaccinated’
It’s not clear who the reporter was, who hasn’t been identified.
Massie told reporters that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Fauci himself were purposely hiding data about the effectiveness of immunity to COVID after infection.
‘One of the biggest scandals during this whole pandemic is the coverup that’s been committed by Dr. Fauci and the CDC about the effectiveness of immunity that’s conferred after a natural infection, after you’ve recovered from COVID, they’ve completely ignored that,’ Massie said.
He said trials from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine showed there was no benefit to those who had been previously recovered from infection, citing a recent Cleveland Clinic study.
Massie was supporting the Fire Fauci Act, which seeks to remove Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
There have been a total of 33,516,802 cases of Coronavirus in the United States, and 601,573 deaths
Massie tested positive for coronavirus in January 2020 and in August 2020. He announced on Glenn Beck’s radio show he had tested positive for antibodies so he donated plasma, FOX News reported.
He later clarified he was not advocating people purposely get infected to develop immunity.
‘The vaccine can save lives, it’s certain,’ he said. ‘But there’s no need to get the vaccine if you’ve already recovered from COVID.’
The CDC highly recommends people get vaccinated instead of relying on natural immunity.
‘While getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity the risk of severe illness and death far outweigh any benefits of natural immunity,’ they said. ‘Getting a COVID vaccine will protect you without having to be sick.’
Overall, about 172.4 million people, or 51.9 percent of the total U.S. population have received at least one dose of vaccine
On Friday, President Joe Biden announced that 65 per cent of Americans have now gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine which may mean he will fall short of his goal to have 70 per cent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
The CDC says 305 million vaccine doses had been administered as of June 1O.
Overall, about 172.4 million people, or 51.9 percent of the total U.S. population have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the CDC.
About 141.6 million people, or 42.6 per cent of the U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated.
He encouraged people to get vaccinated to potentially protect themselves from the deadlier ‘Delta’ variant of the virus.
‘It’s a variant that is more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier and particularly dangerous for young people,’ Biden said.
He pleaded with Americans to ‘act, act now,’ and get the vaccine, which has proven effective against the new variants.