Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that the backlash he has received over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic was an attack “on science.”

“A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science,” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director told Meet the Press Daily on Wednesday. “If you are trying to get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you’re really attacking, not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you’re attacking science. And anybody that looks at what’s going on clearly sees that.”

Sen. Rand Paul, a frequent critic of the NIAID director, responded to Fauci’s assertion that critiques of him were based on “attacks on science,” saying Fauci “doesn’t follow the science.”

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“My complaint with Dr. Fauci is precisely that he doesn’t follow the science,” the senator told the Washington Examiner. “By ignoring the validity of naturally acquired immunity, and consequently not prioritizing the vaccine to individuals not yet infected by COVID 19, thousands of deaths have and will occur when demand for the vaccine outstrips the supply as we are seeing in India.”

Read more at Washington Examiner.