Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open The Books, revealed the existence of a "culture of secrecy" at the National Institutes of Health, where Dr. Anthony Fauci spent many years, that enabled scientists to acquire over $1 billion in royalties from grants.
Andrzejewski stated in an interview with comedian Russell Brand on Jan. 15, that this system of NIH scientists gaining royalties from grants is only possible due to the fact that NIH operates as a "revolving door."
"Every year, [the agency] dole[s] out about $32 billion worth of grants to about 54,000 health care entities across the United States. Think pharmaceutical companies, universities, research outfits, the entire public health complex. That buys you a lot of friends, that buys you a lot of allies."
Andrzejewski found out that over the past 12 years, the NIH leadership and 2,400 of its scientists have received $1.4 billion in undisclosed royalties from third-parties.
He argued that it is a complex web of self-interest, and he pointed to the involvement of Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife Dr. Christine Grady, both of whom work at NIH.
"If U.S. public health was a game show," Andrzejewski said, "I think we’d have to call it ‘Meet the Faucis.’"
Dr. Anthony Fauci is a former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) while Dr. Christine Grady is the chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center.
Although both organizations are distinct entities, they fall under the purview of the NIH.
Andrzejewski commented that this isn't the first time Dr. Anthony Fauci has made questionable ethical choices in medicine, citing an instance from 2005, when the Associated Press obtained an unredacted database and found that Fauci had dismantled all the firewalls and received $45,000 of royalties for an AIDS therapeutic that he had invented.
Not only did Dr. Anthony Fauci personally benefit from his invention, but he also used taxpayer money to commercialize it.
"As the director of the agency, he had invested another $36 million of taxpayer money to enhance his invention. And once this was exposed, he said he would donate his royalties to charity."
Andrzejewski claims Fauci never did give the money back.
He also pointed out that his career has been negatively impacted as a result of his reporting on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the highest-paid official in the government, during the pandemic.
"Forbes treated me well for eight years until I started writing about Anthony Fauci. I wrote three columns [about Fauci] over the course of three weeks and those are the last columns I ever wrote at Forbes."
Andrzejewski wrote an article in January 2022, citing financial disclosures, that revealed Dr. Anthony Fauci's household income was $1.7 million in 2020 alone.
You can watch the entire interview here:
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