PLUS: Does Anthony Fauci Have Ties to Moderna?
FORBES – Dr. Anthony Fauci made $417,608 in 2019, the latest year for which federal salaries are available.
That made him not only the highest-paid doctor in the federal government, but the highest paid out of all four million federal employees.
In fact, Dr. Fauci even made more than the $400,000 salary of the President of the United States.
In a ten-year period between 2010 and 2019, Fauci made $3.6 million in salary.
Since 2014, Fauci’s pay increased from $335,000 to the current $417,608.
In an August 13, 2020 Instagram interview with actor Matthew McConaughey, Dr. Fauci was asked (at point 16:49) if he had millions of dollars invested in the vaccines.
Dr. Fauci laughed and answered, “Matthew, no, I got zero! I am a government worker. I have a government salary.”
He didn’t mention his $417,608 salary was the largest in the entire federal government.
Dr. Fauci became the early face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, appearing daily, often in a live broadcast, to update the nation on the emerging COVID-19 disease.
In March 2020, he convinced President Donald Trump on the 15-day lockdown policy to try and flatten the curve, and reportedly advocated on March 29, 2020, for extending the policy beyond its initial 15 days.
Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the Taskforce might have outranked Dr. Fauci in authority, but the VP’s $235,100 salary in 2019, was less than the well-paid NIH director with whom he shared the stage.
Their Taskforce colleague Dr. Deborah Birx earned $305,972 in 2019, also less than Dr. Fauci’s salary.
In comparison to Dr. Fauci:
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi will earn $223,500 this year.
- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will make $270,700
- Members in the House of Representatives and Senators will make $174,000.
- Four-star military generals outrank, but still fall below Dr. Fauci at $268,000 a year …
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Does Anthony Fauci Have Ties to Moderna?
THE DISPATCH – There have been a number of conspiracy theories about ties between Fauci and Moderna, ranging from claims that Fauci was the first CEO of the company—he wasn’t—to claims that Fauci owns half of the patent for the company’s coronavirus vaccine—he doesn’t.
Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, while Moderna wasn’t founded until 2010. The founding CEO of the company was Stéphane Bancel, appointed in 2011.
Moderna’s vaccine was developed with support from the NIAID, and, as covered in a past fact check, analysis from Axios found that the National Institutes of Health, of which the NIAID is part, may own intellectual property used in producing Moderna’s vaccine.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, has also said that NIH has a stake in intellectual property used in the vaccine, though what exactly this means in practical terms is unclear.
Regardless, there’s nothing to connect Fauci as an individual to either Moderna or its vaccine, nor anything to suggest that he stands to gain financially from the use of this vaccine. Read more.