By M. Aziz
On November 3, 1984, Dr. Anthony Fauci began his reign as America’s HIV-AIDS czar, when he was officially appointed director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.
In those three decades, Fauci has achieved as much celebrity status as another 20th Century unelected bureaucrat, the feared-by-presidents FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who died in office after decades of believing he was saving America from communists, “Negro radicals,” homosexual “perverts,” and other demons residing in his head.
The straight, seemingly liberal, and gay-friendly Fauci appears to suffer no such demons. But like Hoover, he has mastered the public relations machinery of the U.S. government bureaucracy, receiving international accolades, and bestowing U.S. taxpayers’ dollars on the world, including $7 million for the 2012 International AIDS Society lobbying (for research dollars) conference in Washington, DC, which became something of a Fauci Festival, in which thousands of beneficiaries of Dr. Fauci’s generosity (financed by U.S. taxpayers) sang his praises. His public relations office makes sure that Dr. Fauci’s many awards, honors, and media profiles are acknowledged at the NIAID web site.
The medical science prize-giving world has responded generously to Fauci’s taxpayer-funded largesse. He was awarded the 2002 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, for which he received $500,000. Fauci was The Lasker Award (“America’s Nobel”) winner in 2007, for which he received $150,000. And he was given the Robert Koch Gold Medal in Germany in 2013, which has a value of about 3,500 Euros or $5,000. Government Executive magazine reported that Fauci was the third highest paid federal employee on a list of the top one thousand highest paid of the two million U.S. government civil service employees in 2011, with a salary of $335,000.
Doctor Fauci was joined by fellow HIV-AIDS bureaucratic and NGO crusaders, Peter Piot and David Ho, this year in late January 2014, when they gathered to receive Thailand’s version of the Nobel Prize. As 2013 laureates for the Prince Mahidol Award, Fauci, Piot and Ho each received personal $50,000 checks for their bureaucratic achievements (half-shares of two $100,000 prizes.)
It is apparently good to be the HIV-AIDS king.
There is so much more to say about the man who has been the central figure in promoting the biggest and most health harmful fraud in medical history.
But let’s just conclude by saying, “Happy 30th Tony!”