WATCH: Rand Paul Grills Fauci on Conflicts of Interest Among Public Health Officials

FILE - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the origin of COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2021. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert who became a household name, and the subject of partisan attacks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than 5 decades of service. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

WASHINGTON (Yaakov M / VINnews) — On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul again grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci in a contentious exchange, with the Republican lawmaker vowing to get to the bottom of conflicts of interest among government health officials.

After grilling Fauci about immunology, Paul, himself an MD, blasted the self-proclaimed “man of science” for not being transparent about the royalties he may have received from big pharma.

“We’ve been asking you, and you refuse to answer whether anybody on the vaccine committees gets royalties from the pharmaceutical companies,” Paul said. “I asked you last time, and what was your response? ‘We don’t have to tell you.’”

In June, Fauci told Paul that health officials are not required to disclose royalties, but despite that he made public some royalties he received at that hearing.

Paul then said that Republicans would get to the bottom of this issue if they retake control of Congress.

“I’ll tell you this: When we get in charge, we’re going change the rules, and you will have to divulge where you get your royalties from, from what companies, and if anybody on the committee has a conflict of interest. We’re going to learn about it. I promise you that,” the Kentucky Senator said.

The exchange took place during a hearing before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Paul also slammed Fauci’s position on immunology, playing an edited clip of Fauci advising someone in 2004 that they did not need a flu shot. Paul insinuated that Fauci contradicted his position on COVID-19 vaccines. However, Fauci and a Reuter’s fact check pointed out that in the clip, Fauci was speaking with someone who suffered a reaction to the vaccine, and not expressing his position in general.

It is not the first time the two have squared off in the Senate.


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