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About That Rand Paul–Dr. Fauci Exchange

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 24, 2020 (Tom Williams/Reuters Pool)

Capitol Hill saw a testy exchange between Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday over the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccines and masks. You can watch it for yourself here — start at 1:01:45.

It began with Paul citing studies that suggest that coronavirus reinfection rates are so low as to be nonexistent, and that for the infinitesimally small number of people who do contract it a second time, symptoms and risks are reduced. Here’s how it went from there:

Paul: Given that no scientific studies have shown significant numbers of reinfections of patients previously infected, or previously vaccinated, what

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