Rand Paul blew the whistle on this disturbing Anthony Fauci scandal

Mar 11, 2024

Dr. Anthony Fauci is in hot water once again for his conduct.

This time he may be caught up in an alarming conflict of interest. 

And Rand Paul blew the whistle on this disturbing Anthony Fauci scandal.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) – a doctor before he entered Congress after the 2010 Election – has been one of the fiercest critics of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s conduct as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Fauci retired from his role leading NIAID and as Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden at the end of 2022.

That hasn’t stopped Paul from trying to hold him accountable.

Pharmaceutical companies are paying government scientists

Senator Paul introduced a bill, the Royalty Transparency Act of 2024, that would require federal government employees to disclose any payments they receive for any of the drugs they help develop.

“During COVID, we had vaccines that were developed by Pfizer and Moderna,” Paul told Fox News Digital. “And then these vaccines were mandated on people throughout the government, throughout the military, by different Governors around the country, and yet, we don’t know whether the people that were approving either the vaccines or the mandates were receiving money from big Pharma.”

Paul’s bill would require that a database be created that would list royalty payments to federal government employees reported on financial disclosure forms.

“This is something that I inquired when I had Anthony Fauci in our committee,” Paul said. “I’d said, you know, we need to know this, this is a basic conflict of interest problem, and he basically thumbed his nose at the American people.”

Paul said that his bill would let the public “know whether or not any of the people” approving drugs are “receiving money from the same companies that manufacture” them.

Government scientists’ conflict of interest hidden

Currently, employees with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) don’t have to publicly disclose the money they’ve received in royalty payments.

“NIH scientists have reportedly received $400 million in royalty payouts from third-party companies for medical inventions they produced. Some were even found to be linked to foreign entities, including the Chinese Communist Party,” Fox News reported.

Government scientists are caught in a conflict of interest where they’re getting royalty payments from a pharmaceutical company while simultaneously working on clinical trials for that company’s treatments.

Government watchdog group OpenTheBooks discovered last year that between 2009 and 2016 more than 27,000 royalty payments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars were paid out to over 1,800 government scientists.

“So, it’s not a small amount of money,” Paul said. “It’s a significant amount of money … to scientists, and so some of them are getting million-dollar paydays from big pharmacy companies, and it’s not being disclosed to the public.”

Providing the public with basic transparency is a first step to rebuilding the tattered reputation of public health officials.

Hot Take Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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