Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is a medical doctor, asked Monday on Twitter whether the U.S. government can mandate a vaccine that is not effective against the current virus.
“Can government mandate you take a vaccine that is not effective against the current strain?” Paul Tweeted, and linked to a Wall Street Journal op-ed that asserted it would be “irrational, legally indefensible and contrary to the public interest for government to mandate vaccines absent any evidence that the vaccines are effective in stopping the spread of the pathogen they target.”
That is “exactly what’s happening here,” the op-ed concluded.
Until a few months ago, the government had argued that the vaccines did prevent transmission of COVID-19, but the new omicron variant of the virus has seen significant transmission even among the vaccinated.
Now, the CDC is saying they prevent severe disease, but not transmission of the virus any longer.
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