Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) said he will not be vaccinated against COVID-19 until he sees data showing that the vaccine will “improve” post-infection immunity.
Massie made the remarks at a press conference on Tuesday by House Republicans who support the Fire Fauci law of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), of whom he was the first GOP co-sponsor.
When asked by a reporter if he had received the vaccine, the congressman replied, “Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’ll tell you.”
“I’m not vaccinated, and until there is a bit of science – by the way, I have a master’s degree in science from MIT, I’m not a virologist but I can read the data.”
Massie, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, continued, “Everyone just needs to read. Don’t put your head in the sand. Look at the data.
“I will not get the vaccine until there is data showing that it will improve the immunity given to me as a result of a natural infection that I have had.”
In August 2020, Massie announced that he had recovered from COVID and tested positive for antibodies.
Earlier in Tuesday’s press conference, Massie accused Dr Anthony Fauci – director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to the president – and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States of a “cover-up” around “the effectiveness of the immunity which is conferred after a natural infection”.
“They want everyone to be vaccinated, even those who don’t need [to be] vaccinated, ”Massie said.
The congressman clarified that he was not encouraging people to catch COVID instead of getting vaccinated, adding that the vaccine “can save lives.”
“But you don’t have to – science shows – there is no need to get vaccinated if you’ve already recovered from COVID,” he said. “There is no need to expose yourself to this danger.”
Despite its name, the Fire Fauci Act would not fire Fauci from his position at NIAID, but would reduce his salary to $ 0 until someone else took his place. The bill comes as Republicans step up their attacks on the country’s top infectious disease expert after a mine of his emails from the early months of the pandemic were posted under the Freedom to Act. information.
At the press conference, Greene said Fauci owed Americans “a lot of responses” for the emails, from which she concluded COVID was “largely a human-made virus in a lab.” .
In May, Massie and Greene were among a number of House Republicans who received warnings for refusing to wear face masks on House floors.
News week has contacted Rep Massie’s office, CDC and NIAID for comment.
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