Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul continues to be one of the few in Washington, D.C. with the stones to confront legacy media-venerated Covid czar Anthony Fauci.
Paul on June 16 spotlighted what he said is the unwillingness of Team Biden to disclose the names of scientists who have benefited financially from vaccines, possibly including Fauci himself.
Paul challenged Fauci about a lack of transparency from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where Fauci has worked for roughly 40 years, regarding royalty payments scientists at the NIH have received from third parties.
“Over the period of time from 2010 to 2016, 27,000, royalty payments were paid to 18,000 NIH employees. We know that not because you told us, but because we forced you to tell us through the Freedom of Information Act,” Paul said to Fauci. “Over $193 million was given to these 18,000 employees.”
Fauci refused to give a direct answer, setting off an intense exchange with Paul.
In October 2021, the watchdog group Open The Books filed a federal lawsuit to obtain access to the disclosures. But once they received them, critical information had been redacted, such as who the payments came from and how much was doled out.
“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? Can you tell me that?” Paul asked Fauci at the June 16 Senate hearing.
“According to the regulations, people who receive royalties are not required to divulge them even on their financial statement, according to the by Bayh-Dole Act,” Fauci responded. “So let me give you some example, from 2015 to 2020 I – the only royalties I have was my lab and I made a monoclonal antibody for use in vitro reagent that had nothing to do with patients. And during that period of time, my royalties ranged from $21 a year, to $7,700. And the average per year was $191.46.”
“It's all redacted and you can't get any information on the 18,000 scientists,” Paul shot back. “So we want to know whether or not people got money from the people who made the manufacturing of vaccines.”
I asked, "Can you tell me if anyone on the vaccine approval committees ever received money from the people who make vaccines?"Fauci : "People who receive royalties are not required to divulge them." pic.twitter.com/a0YIm2jfvZ — Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) June 16, 2022