Thousands of people die 'every month because of 'deemphasized' therapeutics': Is Sen. Paul right?

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Fact Box

  • On December 27, 2021, Senator Rand Paul toldLiberty Report” that “thousands of people die in our country every month now because [Fauci’s] deemphasized the idea that there are therapeutics.” Paul asserted monoclonal antibodies “are one of the most promising treatments for the virus” after infection. 
  • Therapeutics are means of preventing and managing disease, for example, exercise, diet, and mental health therapy. 
  • As of December 29, 2021, 205.6 million people have been fully vaccinated in the United States which is 61.9% of the population, while 73.2% have had at least one dose. There have been 54.4 million coronavirus cases and 843,250 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • Johns Hopkins research shows COVID spikes nationwide have been rising at a higher rate than before the vaccines were available despite more than half the country being fully vaccinated.

Siam (No)

The Covid pandemic seems unending as people continue dying from it. And now Omicron, the mutated form of the coronavirus, spreading like wildfire, has created enormous hostility between politicians and some physicians. Recently Senator Paul stated that 'thousands of people die every month because Dr. Fauci has continued to deemphasize therapeutics.' While Senator Paul positions himself as an expert, he has not been in medical practice for as long as other experts and has confused the concepts of medical prevention treatment with acute medical care.

The WHO, CDC, and almost every Health Agency globally all agree that to prevent COVID infections, there is no other treatment except vaccines. In addition, early data show that the vaccines lessen the risk of severe symptoms and reduce hospitalization in vaccinated Americans. 

On the other hand, unvaccinated Americans are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die from COVID compared to vaccinated individuals. Sen. Paul asserts that Dr. Fauci doesn't emphasize monoclonal antibodies—but he fails to understand that monoclonal antibodies/steroids cannot prevent COVID-19 but are only used to treat acute symptoms once the virus has infected an individual. A few small trials have shown that monoclonal antibodies can lower the severity of symptoms in COVID patients but do not prevent a recurrence. 

Plus, monoclonal antibodies, unlike vaccines, require a short hospitalization for IV administration; they are also prohibitively expensive and have a wide range of serious side effects, including allergies. If Americans were to get vaccinated, it's likely they wouldn't need alternative treatments later on, which can save them money and potential side effects. Dr. Fauci has never claimed that monoclonal antibodies/steroids cannot be used to treat COVID-19 symptoms, but only that no currently available treatment is a full-on substitute for vaccines in preventing COVID-19. 

Curtice (Yes)

Senator Rand Paul recently stated that Dr. Fauci has chosen to deemphasize 'the idea that there are therapeutics,” noting how Fauci has always had a bias towards vaccines, including fighting aids dating back to the 1990s. For various reasons, including concerns about the effectiveness, lack of adequate testing, the unknown long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, and the big financial stakes Big Pharma has in producing and mandating these treatments, many Americans are hesitant about taking these shots. One powerful tool for protecting people against the COVID-19 virus is the use of monoclonal antibodies.

Monoclonal antibodies are artificially manufactured antibodies designed to mimic your body's natural antibodies. Their job is to fight off infection. A recent report from the Trident Medical Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, indicated that the use of the monoclonal antibodies treatment is having its intended effect. Of the 1,200 patients who received the treatment, 97% were able to recover at home and did not require hospitalization.

Even Fauci recognizes its effectiveness. Fauci has a daily media soapbox yet chooses to focus almost exclusively on the vaccines while deemphasizing monoclonal antibodies and other valid forms of treatment—including ivermectin—if he mentions them at all. As we have seen, these vaccines have fared poorly in protecting the already vaccinated from contracting or transmitting any variant of COVID. They have been reasonably effective at reducing symptoms, but so too does monoclonal antibodies treatment.

Also minimized by Fauci and this administration is the importance of maintaining personal health in the prevention of illness—including increasing exercise and vitamins C, D3, K2, and zinc consumption. It is irresponsible for any medical professional, especially Fauci, to deemphasize any COVID treatment that shows such a high level of effectiveness.

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