The progressive left also has serious problems with Dr. Fauci
In focusing like a laser on American Thinker's and the conservative right's criticism of Anthony Fauci, M.D., the New York Times, Politico, and the Washington Post (including yesterday in its second critical article in three days that mentioned this author) have ignored some substantive critical reporting about Dr. Fauci — from the political left.
Progressive icon Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s high-profile, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization Children's Health Defense, for example, published a critical analysis of Fauci on March 27: "Dr. Fauci and COVID-19 Priorities: Therapeutics Now or Vaccines Later?" Written by Lyn Redwood, R.N., MSN, the organization's president; Mary Holland, its general counsel and vice chair; and "the CHD team," the article is a well annotated, stinging rebuke of the career of Dr. Fauci. For 36 years the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Fauci is currently the most prominent medical person on the president's Coronavirus Task Force. The article begins by noting some promising alternative treatments for COVID-19 that are already being reported on, and largely ignored, by the medical establishment.
Across the country, a debate is raging about the nation's medical response and how best to apportion available resources. Many argue, quite reasonably, for the importance of identifying safe, effective and affordable therapies that can provide immediate help to those who are sick.
On March 22, The New York Times reported that there are at least 69 existing drugs or compounds that might be effective in treating the coronavirus.
In China, researchers are studying intravenous vitamin C as a potential nontoxic treatment, while a paper published by French researchers on March 20 described promising COVID-19 results from the off-label use of hydroxychloroquine (an antimalarial) and azithromycin (an antibiotic).
The head of the French team, Didier Raoult, MD, PhD, is one of the world's top infectious disease and virology experts, with roughly 2,000 peer-reviewed publications and multiple awards to his name.
Raoult and coauthors point out that a major advantage of "repositioning" older drugs for this coronavirus is that their safety profile, side effects, dosing and drug interactions are already well documented.
However, Ian Lipkin, MD, of Columbia University recently told MSNBC, with a grin, that investments tend to go toward treatments that are "sexy and new and patentable" rather than to "tried-and-true, classical sort of methods repurposing drugs and strategies that have already been shown to work."
The article then zeroes in on its primary target, Dr. Fauci.
For biopharma companies that are poised to profit from COVID-19-related misfortune, older drugs that have outlived their patent terms are not terribly helpful for the bottom line.
Could this be why leading White House coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci, MD, long-time head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), recently pooh-poohed the published chloroquine evidence as merely "anecdotal"?
Fauci is a stalwart enthusiast of "patentable" vaccines, skilled in attracting massive government funding for vaccines that either never materialize or are spectacularly ineffective or unsafe.
For example, Fauci once shilled for the fast-tracked H1N1 influenza ("swine flu") vaccine on YouTube, reassuring viewers in 2009 that serious adverse events were "very, very, very rare."
Shortly thereafter, the vaccine went on to wreak havoc in multiple countries, increasing miscarriage risks in pregnant women in the U.S., provoking a spike in adolescent narcolepsy in Scandinavia and causing febrile convulsions in one in every 110 vaccinated children in Australia — prompting the latter to suspend its influenza vaccination program in under-fives.
In 2010, then-Senator and physician Tom Coburn, MD, called out Fauci for misleadingly touting "significant progress in HIV vaccine research."
The complete article at Children's Health Defense can be read here.
Screen grab featuring official NIH portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci from Children's Health Defense YouTube video.
Accompanying the article is a six minute-long Children’s Health Defense YouTube video that is uncompromising in its critique of Fauci and his colleagues for their preoccupation to fast-track a coronavirus vaccine allegedly without proper testing. The video dramatically features white text on a black background interspersed with several soundbites of scientists whose comments throw cold water on the current direction of the National Institutes of Health regarding Covid-19. Some excerpts from the video’s text:
Biotech companies are racing to patent vaccines and profit from disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a dedicated vaccine advocate at N.I.H. for 36 years. He demanded billions to create an HIV vaccine. It never materialized…. Dr. Fauci has little interest in treatments that can't be patented. Is it because NIH stands to make hundreds of millions in royalties when they partner with pharma on blockbuster global vaccines? Dr. Fauci delivers billions of taxpayer dollars to pharma to promote vaccine schemes while public health declines. Dr. Fauci secured $2 billion for a future coronavirus vaccine while N.I.H. partnered with biotech giant, Moderna, to share in the profits.
Still frame from Children's Health Defense video.
Dr. Fauci has applied for a dozen patents to protect his inventions while working at the NIH.
Also of note, and also totally ignored by the MSM, are Charles Ortleb's numerous critical analyses of Dr. Fauci. Ortleb is a journalist, publisher, and editor on the left who founded a biweekly gay newspaper, the New York Native, in 1980. According to the New York Times (June 3, 2001), "The New York Native, then the nation's most influential gay newspaper, carried a report of a strange new ailment on May 18, 1981," becoming the first publication in the country to take note of what would later be named AIDS. In the introduction to his 2017 podcast interview with Ortleb titled "The Infectious Myth," David Crowe writes that Ortleb's "career bloomed at the start of the AIDS epidemic, and then crashed when he started to criticize the HIV-AIDS dogma promulgated by the CDC and powerful pharmaceutically funded organizations within his own community."
Last month, Ortleb made his 48-page paperback book, titled Fauci: The Bernie Madoff of Science and the HIV Ponzi Scheme that Concealed the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic, available for purchase on Amazon. Also in March, Ortleb uploaded his 2,000-word "editorial" titled "The Fauci Fiasco" to Scribd, where it can be read and downloaded without charge. Among the observations of Ortleb:
Anthony Fauci is not the great scientist you think he is. Every time I see someone praising Dr. Anthony Fauci to the skies on television, I say, "Oy Vey!" ...
I think it is safe to say my newspaper [the New York Native] is probably the only one in the world to ever have a cover portraying Anthony Fauci as Pinocchio. If you are a journalist or scientist and you ever have the opportunity to mention my newspaper to Anthony Fauci, I can pretty much guarantee that the blood will drain from his face.
I won't hold my breath waiting for the MSM to take note that Dr. Anthony Fauci has vocal critics on the left, too.