Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, got in a heated exchange Thursday over the need for people to continue wearing a mask after they have been infected or received the vaccine.

Fauci said during the COVID-19 hearing in the Senate that vaccines and natural immunity did not protect against variants, Fox News reported. He predicted that Americans might need to continue wearing masks into next year.

That drew a sharp response from the Kentucky senator.

“What studies do you have that people who have had the vaccine or had infection are spreading the infection?” Paul said. “If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? You’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing 2 masks, isn’t that theater?”


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