Sen. Paul: How Many Vaccinated People Still Got COVID? 'So Many Lies. I Will Hold Fauci Accountable'

( — In a tweet of a video showing Dr. Anthony Fauci telling Americans in May 2021 that if they “are vaccinated, they can feel safe that they are not going to get infected” with COVID, Sen. Rand Paul remarked, “so many lies,” and added that he would “hold Fauci accountable.”

Dr. Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and former chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, made his remarks on the May 17, 2021 edition of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

During the discussion, Hayes mentioned cases of COVID infection among members of the New York Yankees who were fully vaccinated but still “tested positive for COVID.” These included three coaches, five staff members, and shortstop Gleyber Torres.

Explaining why this happened, Fauci said “these are certainly breakthrough cases,” and added, “Breakthrough infections mean, you have been vaccinated, but you still get infected.” He also said that even if infected with COVID while vaccinated against COVID, the symptoms in most cases are minor or “no symptoms at all.”

“If you do get infected, the chances are that you’re going to be without symptoms, and the chances are very likely that you’ll not be able to transmit it to other people,” said the doctor. 


Fauci further said, for the vaccinated, “when you do get infected [with COVID], the chances are, you’re going to be without symptoms. And because of that — that was the accumulating scientific data that prompted the CDC to make that recommendation — that when people are vaccinated, they can feel safe that they are not going to get infected, whether they’re outdoors or indoors. That’s the bottom line of that to get people to appreciate: you get vaccinated and you’re really quite safe from getting infected.” (Emphasis added.)

Commenting on the video-clip of Fauci, Senator Paul tweeted, “How many vaccinated people do you know who still got Covid? So many lies. I will hold Fauci accountable.”

On its website, the CDC states, “People who are vaccinated may still get COVID-19,” this is called a “vaccine breakthrough infection.” As of May 1, 2021, the CDC stopped tracking the number of cases of breakthrough infection expect for those that result in hospitalization or death. 

As of Jan. 3, 2023, the New York State Department of Health reported that there were “2,612,690 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 17.8% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 5-years or older.”

Also, there were “100,569 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.68% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 5-years or older.”

On Nov. 23, 2022, The Washington Post reported, “For the first time, a majority of Americans dying from the coronavirus received at least the primary series of the vaccine.”  

In other words, the majority of people now dying with COVID were vaccinated. 

The Post further reported, “Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted, according to an analysis conducted for The Health 202 by Cynthia Cox, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

“We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Cox.

“It’s a continuation of a troubling trend that has emerged over the past year,” said The Post. “As vaccination rates have increased and new variants appeared, the share of deaths of people who were vaccinated has been steadily rising.”

Despite the fact that the majority of Americans dying from COVID have been vaccinated, Dr. Fauci urged people in late November to continue getting vaccinated and receiving vaccine boosters. 

My message and my final message — maybe the final message I give you from this podium — is that please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated Covid-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community,” said Fauci. 

The Post remarked, “At this point in the pandemic, a large majority of Americans have received at least their primary series of coronavirus vaccines, so it makes sense that vaccinated people are making up a greater share of fatalities.”

According to the CDC, 268,546,218 Americans, some 80.9% of the population, have been vaccinated. As of Jan. 5 this year, 1,091,184 Americans have died from COVID. 


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