Fauci Won’t Answer Whether Gov’t Vax Approval Committee Members Are Paid by Vax Manufacturers (Video)

“People who receive royalties are not required to divulge them,” said Fauci.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Thursday Senate “HELP” hearing whether he or any other member of the government’s vaccine approval committee had received royalty payments from companies who make the vaccines they are tasked with approving.
  • “Here’s what I want to know, it’s not just about you, everybody on the vaccine committee. Have any of them ever received money from the people who make vaccines?” Sen. Paul, who is a doctor, asked Fauci, who appeared before the committee remotely. “Have you ever received a royalty payment from a company that you later oversaw money going to that company?”
  • “People who receive royalties are not required to divulge them—even on their financial statement—according to the Bayh Dole Act,” Dr. Fauci responded.
  • Committee members receiving payments from vaccine manufacturers who make the vaccines that those members are entrusted to approve represents a conflict of interest as those royalties create an incentive for the member to OK the manufacturer’s product.
FAUCI CAUGHT COVID:
  • Dr. Fauci tested positive for COVID on Wednesday despite being fully vaccinated and receiving two boosters, which is why he attended the hearing via video.
  • The NIAID Director is reportedly taking the antiviral Paxlovid, a product of vaccine manufacturer Pfizer.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Bayh Dole Act allows inventors to have ownership of their work, even if it comes from federally funded research.
  • Open the Books, a nonprofit transparency group, received information in May showing that 1,675 National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists received at least one payment from 2010 to 2014. The group also found that Dr. Fauci had received 23 payments during that time. But the total amount of payments is unclear “because of how these documents are redacted,” the group said.
  • Dr. Fauci is the White House’s top medical adviser and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director.