FACT CHECK: Do Fauci, Gates, Epstein, and Soros have ties to drug company?
Sep 11, 2020 |
USA TODAY –
The claim: George Soros founded Moderna, Jeffrey Epstein was an investor, Anthony Fauci was its first CEO and Bill Gates was his college roommate
News of biotech company Moderna’s planned development of a vaccine against the coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, has incited internet conspiracy theorists.
A popular social media claim links certain high-profile individuals to Moderna and their apparent investment in the vaccine. USA TODAY reported on Moderna’s progress in late August.
One such post by blogger Lynna Smith went viral. Smith posted the claim to Facebook on Aug. 12 with a link to a video uploaded to a corresponding YouTube account.
The video outlines alleged connections between Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as part of a larger conspiracy theory about government-mandated vaccinations against the coronavirus.
The narrator of the video claims Moderna already has the vaccine. It also states Fauci, a graduate of Cornell University, was Moderna’s first CEO.
Fauci’s ties to Gates began at Cornell, the video alleges, because the two were roommates.
The video also states IG Farben, a company that was “heavily involved” in experiments during World War II, was run by Soros, a “Jewish Nazi” who later became an American citizen. Soros apparently formed Moderna from IG Farben.
Finally, the video claims Epstein, the billionaire financier who died in prison while awaiting a trial for sex-trafficking charges, was a major financial backer of Moderna.
Smith summarizes the “relationship” between Soros, Fauci, Gates and Epstein in the post caption, finishing with, “DO YOU GET IT NOW.”
Smith is described as a “Truthseeker” and proudly declares “2 of my pages were deleted by FB” on a Facebook profile page. Smith also claims to manipulate mainstream media and references U.N. Agenda 21 in a Gab.com profile … Read more.
FACT CHECK: PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT ‘DISTORT’ CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
Sep 09, 2020
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As Dr. Anthony Fauci made clear today, President Trump listened to the experts on the coronavirus, took their advice, and relayed the information they discussed to the public without “discrepancies” or “distortion.”
DR. FAUCI: “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. In my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had, we related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things… I have not seen that kind of distortion.”
DR. FAUCI: “He really didn’t say anything different than [what] we discussed when we were with him… I didn’t really see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him and what we ultimately came out publicly and said.”
Dr. Fauci also questioned the accuracy of Bob Woodward’s book and said he does not recall “at all” the quotes that are attributed to him by others.
While President Trump was leading the nation and responsibly keeping the entire country from panicking, his administration was acting decisively to save lives, instituting unprecedented travel restrictions, overhauling the testing system, and ramping up production and purchasing of critical supplies like PPE and ventilators. SOURCE.
According to Fauci’s narrative, the United States is experiencing a resurgence in regional COVID outbreaks because it failed to sufficiently lock down back in March, and failed to comply with the existing lockdown orders.
Fauci specifically contrasted this situation to several European states that imposed lockdowns around the same time, claiming the latter as a successful model for COVID containment.
There are several immediate problems with Fauci’s arguments, including the fact that COVID cases are showing clear signs of a summer resurgence in the same European countries that allegedly tamed the virus through harsh lockdowns in the spring.
The American news media however has seized on Fauci’s narrative, and used it to call for renewed lockdowns. The New York Times and the Washington Post both editorialized in favor of a second stricter wave of nationwide lockdowns lasting until October – this despite there being no clear evidence that lockdowns actually work at taming the virus.
So how does the evidence behind this narrative stand up under empirical scrutiny? Let’s consider the claims.
Did the United States react too late?
According to the pro-lockdown narrative, the United States is experiencing a second COVID wave because it took a lackadaisical approach to locking down. We allegedly closed too late and reopened too early, leading to a failure to tame the virus in the spring. This same narrative often holds up Europe as a counterpoint for what a cautious, responsible, and evidence-based reopening process supposedly looks like.
I’ve investigated this claim previously using start and end dates for the lockdowns in various countries. Simply put, it is entirely without merit.
Most of the United States went into lockdown during the second and third weeks of March, following a set of Trump Administration recommendations that were based on the now-discredited Imperial College epidemiology model of Neil Ferguson.
In total, 43 of 50 American states imposed shelter-in-place style lockdowns, with the holdouts consisting almost entirely of rural western states with low population density and few signs of the outbreaks that plagued the cities of the northeast at that time.
As far as timing goes, the US lockdowns came into effect at almost exactly the same time as not only Europe but the majority of the world. A few early outbreak hotspots such as Italy preceded this shutdown by about 2 weeks, and a handful of countries (Sweden, Taiwan, Belarus) bucked the international trend. But otherwise, the timeline clearly confirms that the American response directly coincided with most other countries… Read more.
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