National Institutes of Health’s acting director Lawrence Tabak had a week…
NIH is seemingly proving itself more incompetent —and less trustworthy —all the time. While meeting with a House Appropriations subcommittee last week, Tabak was grilled about questionable royalty payments for Fauci & co., as well as COVID data buried at the behest of the Chinese.
Starting with the payments…
It’s been confirmed that more than $350 million dollars in undisclosed royalty payments were paid to Dr. Anthony Fauci and his fellow scientists from pharmaceutical firms. Tabak cops to the payments looking bad, saying they do present “the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
See how he softens it by using “appearance?”
“Right now, I think the NIH has a credibility problem and this only feeds into this, and I’m only just learning about this,” Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) told Tabak. “People in my district say, ‘Well, so-and-so has a financial interest,’ or they don’t like ivermectin because they aren’t benefiting from that royalty.”
“You may have very sound scientific reasons for recommending a medicine or not, but the idea that people get a financial benefit from certain research that’s been done and grants that were awarded, that is, to me, the height of the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
Spot on, Mr. Moolenaar. Spot on.
Tabak played defense as best he could, saying “We support the science that validates whether an invention is or is not efficacious, we don’t say this is good or this is bad. … I certainly can understand that it might seem as a conflict of interest.”
Of the $350 million in royalty payments made between 2010 and 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci was paid 23 separate times —royalties from third party players. That is a conflict of interest.
Next, Tabak had to answer for hiding COVID data for the Chinese —and yes, that’s real.
According to the New York Post, “Tabak told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the NIH ‘eliminated from public view’ the data from the pandemic epicenter in Wuhan, China, before adding that researchers can still access it via an archaic ‘tape drive.’
“There’s no question that the communication that we had about the sequence archive — Sequence Read Archive — could have been improved. I freely admit that,” Tabek said. “If I may, the archive never deleted the sequence, it just did not make it available for interrogation.”
Sounds like hiding information, no?
Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) says “it’s no secret that the agency needs reform.”
Start by cleaning house.