When Aaron Met Tony

Dr. Anthony Fauci “was given over $350 million to research this, to come up with drugs, new or repurposed to handle the AIDS pandemic. And all they came up with was AZT,” contends New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who also wonders about Dr. Fauci’s royalties from vaccine companies. The quarterback is on to something, but there’s more to the story.

Anthony Fauci earned a medical degree at Cornell in 1966 but if he ever practiced medicine it was only for a short time. In 1968 Dr. Fauci took a cushy “yellow beret” job with the National Institutes of Health. Fauci’s bio showed no advanced degrees in molecular biology or biochemistry but in 1984 the NIH made him head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). For leading medical scientists, Dr. Fauci was a poor choice.

“This man thinks you can take a blood sample and stick it in an electron microscope and if it’s got a virus in there, you will know it. He doesn’t understand electron microscopy and he doesn’t understand medicine. He should not be in a position like he’s in.” That was the view of Kary Mullis, who earned a PhD in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and won a Nobel Prize for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR),  a discovery “of major importance in both medical research and forensic science.”

Fauci’s favored cure for AIDS was indeed AZT, also known as azidothymidine and Zidovudine, a DNA chain terminator found to be useless against cancer. The highly toxic drug failed to prevent or cure AIDS but became a “superstar product” for Burroughs Wellcome, which charged $10,000 per AIDS patient per year. Burroughs Wellcome’s profits from AZT were estimated at $427 million, possibly as high as $592 million. In similar style, the swiftly approved Covid vaccines failed to prevent infection or transmission, but turned out to be superstar products for their makers.

In 2022, “The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic propelled pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s earnings to a record $100 billionlast year.” In 2022, Moderna’s Covid vaccine “generated approximately $18.4 billion,” exceeding 2021 sales of $17.7 billion. Moderna “also projected 2023 sales of the vaccine to reach at least $5 billion,” which “does not account for contracts that could be signed this year,” in the USA, Europe and Japan, “among others.”

Mandates for those vaccines, Sen. Rand Paul contends, “should not be dictated by anyone who stands to gain monetarily.” Trouble is, the NIH is not exactly up front about Dr. Fauci’s share.

As Aaron Rodgers and all Americans should understand, white coat supremacy does have a green side.

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