Marco Rubio accuses Fauci of having ‘lied’ about face masks and ‘distorting’ facts

Marco Rubio accused Dr. Anthony Fauci for lying to the public
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Marco Rubio has Dr. Anthony Fauci accused of lying to the public about coronavirus in a tweet railing on Sunday morning against pandemic lockdowns.
The Florida Senator reiterated Donald Trump's criticism of Dr. Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert.
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Mr Rubio, whose Republican-led state has long opposed Covid controls in other areas, said Dr. Fauci also "falsified" information about vaccines.
"Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March," he said.
"Dr. Fauci has skewed the level of vaccination required for herd immunity.
"It's not just him.
"Many in elite bubbles believe that the American public doesn't know" what's good for them, "so they need to be made to" do the right thing ".
Dr. Fauci, along with other public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urged Americans not to wear masks when the pandemic began in March.
However, CDC guidelines were changed in April to recommend wearing face coverings as more was learned about the new virus.
He also moderated his thoughts on herd immunity over time.
He initially believed that herd immunity would be achieved after 60 to 70 percent of the population had been vaccinated or recovered from the disease, but later increased that number to 75 to 85 percent.
In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Fauci: "When polls said only about half of Americans would take a vaccine, I said herd immunity would last 70 to 75 percent ... Then when recent polls said 60 percent or more it would take, I thought , "I can stir this up a bit," so I went to 80, 85.
"We need to have some humility here," he added. "We really don't know what the real number is. I think the real range is between 70 and 90 percent. But I'm not going to say 90 percent."
This might discourage Americans, he said, because he's not sure there will be enough voluntary vaccine uptake to achieve this goal.
Some critics were upset that Dr. Fauci moved the goalposts, but insisted that he only provide a "guest member".
The 80-year-old health official did not respond to Mr Rubio's criticism, but appeared on CNN on Sunday morning and discussed the different dates.
"Measles is 98 percent effective vaccine, the Covid-19 vaccine 94 percent," he said.
"When less than 90 percent of the population is vaccinated with measles, you see a breakthrough against herd immunity. People begin to become infected, as we saw in upper New York State and New York City with the Orthodox Jewish group than we did had the measles outbreak.
"So I calculated that Covid-19 is nowhere near as communicable as measles."
Instead, Dr. Fauci, he made "a guest".
He added, "I think 75 to 80 percent of herd immunity for Covid-19 is a reasonable estimate and, in fact, most of my epidemiological colleagues agree with me," he said.
Mr Rubio's interview about the vaccine came just eight days after he was vaccinated, along with fellow Congressmen.
At that time, Mr Rubio spoke brilliantly about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
"I'm so confident that the # Covid19 vaccine is safe and effective that I decided to take it myself," he tweeted at the time.
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