Rand Paul to Fauci: ‘I Promise You’ The Public Will Learn ‘Where You Get Your Royalties From’
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sparred with NIAID Director Anthony Fauci once again during a contentious congressional hearing on Wednesday, warning that he will be forced to divulge his royalties from pharmaceutical interests during the COVID pandemic.
During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing examining the government’s response to the monkeypox outbreak, Paul excoriated Fauci for refusing to divulge whether he and others leading the federal COVID response received kickbacks from Big Pharma amid the COVID vaccine rollout.
“We’ve been asking you, and you’ve 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 demanded them through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and what have you said? ‘We are not going to tell you.’”