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(RepublicanWire.org) – NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci was the man who was always front and center during the pandemic, guiding and directing our government’s response to the COVID-19 virus. It was Fauci who would constantly tell us that the pandemic was only going to get worse if we didn’t do exactly what he told us, and made it seem like it was never going to end.

Of course, cooler heads prevailed in red states, and while Democrat-controlled areas continued to lockdown, destroying their economy and their citizens’ lives, states like Florida and Texas moved on, much to the dismay of Fauci. An odd response, given the fact that it was clear that the lockdown measures and precautions like vaccine masks, weren’t working.

Then Kentucky Senator Rand Paul locked his eyes on Fauci and began digging into his connections to the virus. Lo and behold, Paul found that the NIH directly funded gain-of-function research and specifically on the Coronavirus no less. One thing is for certain, Fauci certainly doesn’t seem to like Paul digging into things.

One reason might be because Fauci became very wealthy off of the pandemic. According to the New York Post, Fauci and his wife have increased their fortunes by millions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife’s net worth grew by $5 million during the COVID-19 pandemic as thousands of US residents struggled financially, according to a government spending watchdog group.

The combined wealth of the 81-year-old retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his bioethicist wife, Christine Grady, soared from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million at the end of 2021, according to a report from the non-profit OpenTheBooks.

“Despite becoming a figure of controversy, the system has rewarded Dr. Fauci handsomely,” the group’s CEO, Adam Andrzejewski, told Fox News Digital. “While Dr. Fauci has been a government bureaucrat for more than 55 years, his household net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic.”

This man locked down the nation and destroyed lives unnecessarily. His proclamations that he should be unquestionable because he represents “the science” always struck many as hubristic and, ironically, unscientific.

Now, his massive increase in wealth also looks a little odd. While it may very well have come legitimately, one has to wonder if he knew he would get that money by pushing the bad decisions that he did.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he will be departing his roles as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as chief medical officer to President Joe Biden at the end of this year.

“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” Fauci said.

Biden released a statement praising Fauci, saying he had an “unwavering” commitment to the work and an “unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity.”

“Because of Dr. Fauci’s many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved. As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next,” Biden said.

Biden added, “Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work. I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.”

The timing is interesting given Republicans have said they plan to launch an investigation into Fauci if they win back control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.

Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul said he plans to subpoena Fauci’s records if Republicans retake the Senate and he becomes chairman of a committee.

“If we win in November, if I’m chairman of a committee, if I have subpoena power, we’ll go after every one of Fauci’s records,” Paul said. “We’ll have an investigator go through this piece-by-piece because we don’t need this to happen again.”

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan made similar comments, saying Republicans will “uncover” what Fauci knew about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, an ally to Jordan, released Fauci’s financial records. The records appear to show that Fauci and his wife have a combined net worth of around $10 million.

Records also showed that Fauci and his wife were paid tens of thousands of dollars to attend four galas and ceremonies — three of them virtual — during the pandemic.

Jordan argued that these revelations and recently released emails prove there’s a “need to investigate Fauci.”

“If the American people put us back in charge, we are definitely going to do this,” Jordan said, adding that his colleagues would push for a congressional investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

“Because we now know without a doubt that Dr. Fauci knew on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 that this thing came from a lab,” Jordan argued. “The top scientists in the country were saying it came from a lab. One scientist says we got the notes now from the conference call on February 1st. One scientist says, ‘I don’t see how this can happen in nature, but it would be easy to do in a lab.’”

“And yet just in a matter of days, they changed their position, write the article that appears in Nature of Medicine Magazine, which then gets cited in the now-famous letter The Lancet, which became the gospel for the fact that Fauci can go out and tell people it didn’t come from a lab when in fact they knew it did,” Jordan continued.

“The interesting thing is. We point this out. We just learned this last week, that the two doctors who were most adamant that this thing came from a lab early on: one is Dr. Kristian Anderson. On Jan. 31, 2020, he says this to Dr. Fauci in an email: ‘Virus looks engineered. The virus not consistent with evolutionary theory.’ So, he knew it came from a lab,” he added.

“They changed their position,” Jordan argued. “And a few months later, guess what? They get an $8.9 million, both him and Dr. [Robert] Garry – the guy who said it couldn’t happen naturally.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – While discussing the recent approval of Covid vaccines for children under five, Biden was asked by a reporter how many kids can be vaccinated before Congress needs to approve more funding for the experimental shots.

“Well, we’ll get through at least this year,” Biden responded. “We do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children, eventually; we need more money to plan for the second pandemic.“

He continued, “There’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well. That’s something we’ve been doing fairly well. That’s why we need the money.”

Biden isn’t the only one confidently claiming a second pandemic will soon hit the world.

World Health Organization President Tedros Ghebreyesus wrote on Monday that his group is working on ensuring “equitable access of vaccines, tests, treatments when the next pandemic strikes.”

In May of 2020 during the pandemic, Bill Gates told comedian Stephen Colbert that there will be a “pandemic two.”

It wouldn’t be the first time that a pandemic was announced before it happened. There was an article from January 11, 2017 where Dr. Fauci said, “no doubt” Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a doctor himself, and White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci once again battle over the origins of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fauci testified remotely to the Senate Health Committee on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus the day previously.

Paul started off by questioning the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on the approval justification for booster shots for children over 5 years old.

The senator criticized the use of studies that demonstrate children develop antibodies after receiving shots to justify the approval.

Fauci conceded that the use of boosters in children is justified through these studies, rather than evidence that shows a reduction in hospitalization for boosted children.

“So there are no studies — and Americans should all know this — there are no studies on children showing a reduction in hospitalization or death with taking a booster,” Paul said.

“The only studies that were permitted, the only studies that were presented, were antibody studies,” he said.

Paul brought up evidence demonstrating a reduction in hospitalizations in older adults with boosters, contrasting it with the absence of hard studies pertaining to children.

Changing the topic, the senator questioned Fauci about the National Institutes of Health’s lack of transparency on the royalty payments its scientists are receiving from private companies.

“Over the period of time from 2010 to 2016, 27,000 royalty payments were paid to 1,800 NIH employees,” he said, citing a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the federal government on the matter.

Paul pointed out that the scientists in question have been redacted in NIH documents, preventing the public from knowing which government scientists have financial interests in private drug companies.

“Over $193 million was given to these … 1,800 employees,” he said. “Can you tell me that you have not received a royalty from any entity that you ever oversaw the distribution of money in research grants?”

“You know, I don’t know as a fact, but I doubt it,” Fauci said after Paul pressed him for a clear answer.

When the senator responded by demanding Fauci provide documents on his royalty income, the doctor lost his patience.

“Are you going to let me answer a question? Soundbite number one?” he said.

Fauci cited federal regulations that don’t require employees to list royalties they’ve received for drugs they created on their financial disclosure forms.

However, he admitted he had received personal royalties from 2015 to 2020 averaging $191.46 per year.

“It’s all redacted and you can’t get any information on the 1,800 scientists who have received royalties,” argued Paul, demanding more NIH transparency on the matter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – In no surprise to conservatives, the GOP-led state of Florida outperformed Democrat-controlled California and New York when it came to their coronavirus responses, according to a comprehensive new study.

The conclusions vindicate the leadership of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was relentlessly vilified by Democrats and their corporate media allies over his pragmatic, science-based management of the pandemic.

In its 20-page report, the Committee to Unleash Prosperity said the states that followed the most draconian COVID-19 policies, such as closing schools and shutting down businesses. These states lagged behind states such as Florida that followed a commonsensical approach to the pandemic.

The study was authored by Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan and free-market policy analyst Phil Kerpen.

The research compared COVID-19 outcomes in all U.S. states based on three major variables: health outcomes, economic performance throughout the pandemic and impact on education.

According to the study, the outcomes in New York, New Jersey and California “were among the worst” in all three categories: mortality, economy and schooling.

In contrast, the best outcomes occurred in Utah, Nebraska, Vermont, Montana, South Dakota and Florida. All six states are led by Republican governors.

As a reminder, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace in August 2021 amid reports that he had ordered coronavirus patients to be admitted into nursing homes, resulting in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.

Similarly, California Gov. Gavin Newsom came under fire for closing beaches and playgrounds in contravention of scientific studies showing that outdoor coronavirus transmission was negligible.

Newsom was also caught several times defying his own oppressive mask mandates.

This study proves that the policies of the left were an epic and utter failure.

(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday she hopes President Joe Biden doesn’t blame her for his low approval ratings.

“When Biden came into office last year, he was around 60% and even more, and now he’s around 40% and sometimes less.” Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba asked Psaki. “Who does he blame now: Putin, Trump, you — the communication team?”

“Oh, does he blame me? Oh, I don’t know,” Psaki said while laughing. “I hope not.”

“Look, I think that the president recognizes that the country is still grappling with a small number of challenges that impact people and their everyday lives, whether that is a continuing fight with a pandemic that has been going on for several years or the fact that costs are going up. Some of those are a result of the actions of President Putin — yes, as it relates to gas prices — but others are related to impacts of COVID-19 and impacts on the supply chain.”

“So, what our focus is and his focus continues to be: on solutions to address these challenges, and keeping our heads down and trying to continue to deliver for the American people,” she added.

A recently released NBC News Poll revealed Biden’s approval rating hit new lows amid the war in Ukraine and surging inflation. Among those polled, 40% approved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, with just 16% strongly approving. Thirty-eight percent of those polled blamed Biden for surging inflation.

The poll was conducted between March 18-22 among 1,000 adults, 790 of whom are registered voters. There was a 3.1% margin of error among respondents.

(RepublicanWire.org) – As Americans emerge from the Omicron variant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has alarm bells ringing again this week after warning Americans that there could be additional lockdowns if a new strain of COVID-19 spreads.

Serving as an advisor to President Joe Biden, Fauci revealed in a Thursday interview with CNN that the BA.2 subvariant posed a risk of increasing infections.

In his remarks about the possibility of lockdowns, Fauci said Americans should “be able to pivot” between a common way of living and the restrictions introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

During the interview, Fauci noted that there is “a turnaround and a resurgence,” stating that Americans should “be able to pivot and go back to any degree of mitigation that is commensurate with what the situation is.”

Fauci continued his remarks, expressing it wasn’t a matter of saying, “We’re done. We’re going to move on,” rather, Americans would have “to be flexible because we’re dealing with a dynamic situation.”

He also noted that the newest variant is less fatal than Omicron, which brought about “a very interesting situation, where the cases are going up, but it does not, at this point in time, appear to be any degree of severity.”

Continuing his statements, Fauci said he “would not be surprised in the next few weeks, given the fact that we’ve begun to open up, and we have an increase in the BA.2 variant, that we’ll be seeing an increase in cases.”

During his interview, Fauci also appeared rather dismissive of concerns over the devastating economic burdens experienced during lockdowns and other pandemic precautions.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that “the first lady’s husband contracted COVID” — only to be reminded a few seconds later by someone on the sidelines that he, in fact, was the first lady’s husband.

“Look at the stage,” Biden said, gesturing off to one side. “There’s been a little change in the arrangement of who’s on the stage, because of — the first lady’s husband contracted COVID, but … look at this room and what you’ll see …”

Someone off to the side caught Biden’s attention then, and he stepped back slightly from the microphone to hear them.

“Pardon me?” he said, and laughter erupted in the room, only getting louder as Biden clearly realized what he had said and added, “That’s right. She’s fine. It’s me … The second lady — the first gentleman — how about that?”

Biden had apparently been trying to announce that second gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband to Vice President Kamala Harris, had tested positive for COVID-19.

(RepublicanWIre.org) – Vaccine maker Pfizer said Friday that trials of its vaccine in children ages 2 to 5 show that it did not provide the expected immunity in kids this age. So their response is just adding a third dose to the regimen.The company decided to add the third dose for all children and babies ages 6 months to 5 years after its independent outside advisers took a look at the data so far.It showed that two child-sized doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine were not producing the expected immunity in the 2- to 5-year-olds, although they were doing so for the babies up to age 2.So the company said it would “amend” the trial to add a third dose.”The study will now include evaluating a third dose of 3 micrograms at least two months after the second dose of the two-dose series to provide high levels of protection in this young age group,” it said.

Pfizer had taken the dosage size down for children. For the 12 and up age group, the dose is 30 micrograms of vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech stepped this down to 10 micrograms for kids 5 to 11 and took it even lower, to 3 micrograms a dose, for the youngest children.

Early tests had indicated that this small dose would produce a strong immune response in the children and minimize the risk of side effects.But the interim data — which the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board can see without giving details to the company or investigators — indicates this small dose regimen did not produce the expected immune response in the 2- to 5-year-olds.”No safety concerns were identified and the 3 microgram dose demonstrated a favorable safety profile in children 6 months to under 5 years of age,” Pfizer said in a statement.

Most parents still have concerns about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines for children, survey finds”. Not sure doubling down and just adding more shots is going to make the parents feel any better about getting their kids shots.

OK, so you’re complying with Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health workers. You’re in the clear, right? Not according to Ochsner Health, the largest health system in Louisiana. In a move that is questionable at best, Ochsner has elected to fine employees with unvaccinated spouses hundreds of dollars a month.

“The reality is the cost of treating COVID-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive, and we spent more than $9 million on COVID care for those who are covered on our health plans over the last year,” CEO of Ochsner Health, Warner Thomas, told NOLA

The charges are rather steep — $200 per month if the employee’s spouse, who is an American who is supposed to have the freedom to make their own healthcare choices and is not in any way involved in the work, does not get the jab. Thomas says it’s not a mandate, however, because employees are free to use another health plan not provided by the company for which they work. “This is not a mandate as non-employed spouses and domestic partners can choose to select a health plan outside of Ochsner Health offerings,” Thomas says. Sound nuts? Of course it is:

This shameless attempt to use the pandemic — and vaccines — to squeeze money out of hardworking employees is disgusting. But it’s something that we are sure to see more of as time goes on. The only way to stop this is to elect more men and women like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who has taken a strong stance against COVID mandates that are ruining America.

The election in 2022 is important. While it’s not as glamorous as the 2024 presidential election, it’s important to show up and elect new leadership at every level. Remember: mayors and governors can also impose small-scale tyranny.