NIH Scientists Tried to Hide $710 Million in Royalty Payments from Drug Makers During ‘Pandemic’

Dr. David Morens, Dr. Anthony Fauci's top aides at the NIAID. Video screenshot

OpenTheBooks was forced to sue the government to obtain data that revealed that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its scientists collected $710 million in royalties during the pandemic, from late 2021 through 2023. These are payments made by private companies, like pharmaceuticals, to license medical innovations from government scientists. Almost all that cash — $690 million — went to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the subagency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and 260 of its scientists. Fauci relentlessly pushed harmful COVID vaccines. 

Bombshell emails were also discovered that were sent by one of Fauci’s deputies, Dr. David Morens, that described in-house strategies to circumvent the federal Freedom of Information Act. The strategies included misspelling words to evade scrutiny and using a physical courier to exchange messages to avoid an electronic record.

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During the pandemic, the American people started to feel that Big Government was very cozy with Big Pharma.

Now we know just how close they were.

New data from the National Institutes of Health reveals the agency and its scientists collected $710 million in royalties during the pandemic, from late 2021 through 2023. These are payments made by private companies, like pharmaceuticals, to license medical innovations from government scientists.

Almost all that cash — $690 million — went to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the subagency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and 260 of its scientists.

Information about this vast private royalty complex is tightly held by NIH. My organization, OpenTheBooks.com, was forced to sue to uncover the royalties paid from September 2009 to October 2021, which amounted to $325 million over 56,000 transactions.

We had to sue a second time, with Judicial Watch as our counsel, to pry open this new release.

Payments skyrocketed during the pandemic era: those years saw more than double the amount of cash flow to NIH from the private sector, compared to the prior twelve combined. All told, it’s $1.036 billion.

It’s unclear if any of the Covid vaccine royalties from Pfizer and Moderna, the latter of which settled with NIH by agreeing to pay $400 million, is even included in these new numbers. NIH isn’t saying.

The American people have one last crack at getting some candor from Fauci, the face of our COVID response, when he testifies Monday before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

There’s plenty to answer for.

He’s spent years scoffing at questions about potential conflicts of interest between COVID policymakers, who relentlessly pushed vaccines, and recipients of private royalties.

Now he’ll also need to account for bombshell emails sent by one of his deputies, which described in-house strategies to circumvent the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Fauci won’t be able to misspell words to evade scrutiny or have folks physically courier messages — just two of the FOIA-avoiding actions described by Dr. David Morens, a key Fauci deputy.

Instead, cameras from around the world will be trained on Fauci and he’ll be answering for information he gave in a sworn deposition earlier this year.

It’s a chance to either come clean or further cement the public’s perception of him and the NIH as secretive and self-interested.

Beyond this small cabal of scientists covering up discussions of the virus’ origin, NIH has consistently treated FOIA requests like viral attacks of their own. No wonder, then, that we’re plaintiffs in six ongoing FOIA cases.

Characteristically, NIH is still redacting pieces of the data that would help us more easily connect therapeutics with their government-paid inventors. For example, they refuse to show us the amount of royalties paid to each individual scientist. So we still can’t entirely follow the money.

In the meantime, Sen. Rand Paul has sponsored the Royalty Transparency Act, which sailed unanimously through the committee process and deserves a floor vote immediately.

There’s plenty Fauci could do in the meantime, too. He could indicate he supports bills like Paul’s. He could call on NIH and CDC to voluntarily “unmask” the royalty payments. Then we could see whether their decisions have advanced the general welfare or their own.

Fauci could also support fixes to the FOIA law that create real consequences for those who purposely violate it.

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Ed
Ed
1 month ago

Seize those assets, have them all ( including little Fahucci ) arrested and held w/o bail, and have the assets of those criminals and put to GOOD use at the VA. The veterans administration. Many good men who are suffering from agent orange and a lot more need medical care and financial help which they are NOT getting. Oh, the CCP is getting some too thanks to “ace the mental case.”

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1 month ago

Any dishonest agency trying to evade detection like this should be terminated and ignored but will be funded by the same entity that it works for to perpetuate the policies and desires of its funders. This is all show. Fauci and NIH are just ring leaders to divert attention so our pockets and individual rights can be converted into privileges for the hypothesized greater good. Do not feed the beast if you do not want to be eaten by it.

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GH
1 month ago

All about time. Why isn’t Dr. David Martin able to bring his evidence to these cases? He’s had black and white evidence, from documents from the words of the perpetrators themselves for years. He’s given dozens of presentations displaying this evidence, including at the EU covid conference. The documents prove beyond doubt HIH, NAID, and DARPA created a bioweapon and called it covid 19. It’s not conjecture, or conspiracy theory…it’s black and white facts.