Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) will propose legislation to remove the mask mandate for planes when the Senate arrives back to work.
“When the Senate gets back to session, I will be proposing a prompt repeal of the mask mandate for planes. It is time to stop this and allow people to travel in peace!” Paul said via Twitter on Thursday.
When the Senate returns to session, I will be introducing an immediate repeal of the mask mandate on planes. Enough! Time to stop this farce and let people travel in peace!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 8, 2021
Paul, who has been a big supporter of individual responsibility during the virus pandemic, said in Jan. that “if you have had the disease or you have been vaccinated and you are several weeks away from your second dose, then throw your mask away.”
In March, Paul criticized Dr. Fauci over whether Americans should use masks if they had and recovered from covid-19 or were vaccinated against it.
“You are telling them to wear a mask, whether these people have had a covid infection or a vaccine,” Paul said to Fauci in a Washington hearing. “If people have gotten the vaccine or were previously infected … if we are not expanding the infection, isn’t this only theater?” Paul said.
“Let’s get down to the facts,” Fauci said. “Let me just state for our record that face masks are protective and not theater.”
Paul also showed his concerns about Fauci’s possible involvement with gain of function research being done in Wuhan.
“Absolutely, he lied to Americans. There was in fact gain of function research being done with Dr. Zhengli at the lab in the Wuhan Institute,” Paul said.
“In her paper, she thanked Fauci and his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases group, which is a division of NIH that Dr. Fauci runs,” Paul said.
“It is listed at the end of the document. This was funded by NIAID research and it shows a ten digit number that marks the research money she received from the U.S. Was this gain of function?” Paul said.
“Well it took a SARS virus, that is 15 times deadlier than COVID-19, and it included S protein, which is to make it easier to infect cells within the respiratory tract. That looks like gain of function to me,” he said.
Author: Blake Ambrose