Sen. Flanke Paul (R-Ky. ) sparred with NIAID Director Anthony Fauci once again during a good congressional hearing on Wednesday, warning that he will be forced to divulge his royalties through pharmaceutical interests during the COVID pandemic.
During a Senate Health, Schooling, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing examining the government’s response to the monkeypox break out, Paul excoriated Fauci just for refusing to divulge whether or not he and others leading the particular federal COVID response received kickbacks from Big Pharma amid the COVID shot rollout.
“ We’ve been asking you, and get refused to answer, whether the vaccine committees get royalties from the pharmaceutical companies, ” Paul told Fauci. “ I asked you last time, and what was your response? ‘ We don’t have to tell you. ‘ We’ve required them through the Freedom info Act (FOIA), and what maybe you have said? ‘ We are not going to tell you. ‘”
SEN. PAUL IN ORDER TO DR . FAUCI: “When we get in charge, we’re going to change the rules and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties from, from what companies and if anybody on the panel has a conflict of interest, we will learn about it. I guarantee you that. ” pic. twitter. com/7r2Q89pnQR
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 14, 2022
“ But I’ll tell you this, when we get involved charge, we’re gonna change the rules and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties through, from what companies and when anybody on the committee has a conflict of interest, we are going to learn about it. I promise a person that, ” Paul additional.
Fauci, clearly irritated, responded by claiming the FDA and CDC advisory committees – not him – are charged with vaccine approval treatments.
“ These people not my committees, ” Fauci said. “ They may the VRBPAC [Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committees] for the FDA and the ACIP [Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices] for the CDC. So I don’t have any idea what goes on… ”
John tried to reiterate his point but Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn. ), the chairman for the Subcommittee on Children and Families, shut down Paul’s line of questioning.
Paul had previously grilled Fauci over royalty obligations in a June hearing after information exposed through FOIA requests showed Fauci and other government vaccine regulators such as National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins received over $350 million in secretive royals payments from drug companies over the last 10 years.
“ First of all, according to the regulations, people who get royalties are not required to divulge them, even on their financial statement, according to the Bayh-Dole act, ” Fauci had told Paul.
The nonprofit firm Open The Books concluded that between 2010 to 2016, 27, 000 royalty obligations were paid to 1800 NIH employees totaling $350 million.
“ Because those payments enrich the agency and its researchers, each and every royalty payment is actually a potential conflict of interest plus needs disclosure, ” Open up The Books co-founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski published.
“ NIH is a revolving door of tens of billions of dollars in government grant-making coupled with hundreds of millions of dollars within private – non-transparent – royalty payments. ”
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