Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, got into a heated exchange with Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday when the latter argued people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 should not be forced to wear masks.
Fauci pushed back saying he disagreed with Paul and cited information about several variants that are in the country that the vaccines may not provide adequate protection from.
"Let me just state for the record that masks are not theatre, masks are protective," he said before Paul interrupted arguing they were theatre.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people should continue to follow many precautions such as avoiding big in-person gatherings and wearing masks when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households. Vaccinated people can, however, visit with one unvaccinated individual, such as grandparents being able to visit their grandchildren from one household. People can also meet with small groups without masks or physical distancing if everyone has been fully vaccinated.
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