Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul

(FOX NEWS) -- If President Biden wants to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, he should, "go on national TV, take his mask off," Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky., told "The Story" Wednesday.

"(Biden should) light a torch to it and burn his mask and say, 'I've had the vaccine. I am now safe from this plague. If you'll get the vaccine, you can be safe too," Paul told host Martha MacCallum. "The burden of proof should be on the government to prove we're spreading it. (If we are), then we'll listen to them. Instead, it sounds like fear-mongering."

Paul also continued his criticism of White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for insisting that vaccinated Americans continue to wear masks to avoid inadvertently infecting vulnerable people.

"The science is about proving that things are happening," he said. "If Dr. Fauci can prove that people who are vaccinated are spreading the disease, I will listen to him. If he can prove people like me, who have already had (COVID-19), are spreading the disease, I'll listen to him. But there is no evidence of that."

Host Martha MacCallum responded by noting that an estimated 6,000 people out of 63 million had contracted COVID-19 after they were vaccinated. Paul agreed that there is a "very small" occurrence of so-called "breakthrough" infections but pointed out there were "virtually zero hospitalizations and virtually zero deaths" from COVID-19 among people who had received the vaccine.

"Most people get a mild course of it, and there's a rare, if ever, reinfection that caused a fatality," he said. "So we should appreciate immunity, both naturally acquired and by vaccine."

"You know why people don't trust the government?" Paul added. "Because they say everybody is the same. Whether or not you've had the disease or not, you have to be vaccinated. It's this one-size-fits-all that people know this is not dangerous for young people, but very dangerous after a certain age and for overweight people."

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