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The South Korean solution to the COVID-19 virus (widespread testing and the hydroychloroquine-zinc cure) is beginning to work in the United States. Americans, like South Koreans, will soon be back at work and school. But at Monday's Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci ignored the success. Instead, he pretended that the only way the U.S. could get back to normal was through vaccines and new therapies. He was responding to a question directed to him by reporter Jonathan Karl at the 37:37 mark of this video:
Fauci was being disingenuous. His own organization NIAID (one of the institutes of NIH) is slow-walking both therapies and vaccines. For example, NIAID is currently conducting a study on the effectiveness of Remdesivir, a drug which, along with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, proved effective against COVID-19 in the Chinese test-tube studies. Here's NIAID's schedule for completing Phase 3 of its approval process:
Believe it or not, that is not a misprint! Fauci was touting new therapies even while his own organization was slow walking the most promising of them so that it would not be ready until 2023!
The same is true of vaccines. NIAID and NIH as a whole have taken charge over approving vaccines for COVID-19. Two American vaccines have already begun their Phase 1 clinical trials (by Moderna and Inovio Pharmaceuticals), one is set to begin in April (Pfizer/BioNTech), and at least four report that they will be ready for clinical trials within a few months (Novavax, CureVac, University of Pittsburgh and Johnson and Johnson). America's businesses and researchers have done their part to get out a vaccine right away.
Yet Fauci has repeatedly claimed that no vaccine could possibly be approved in less than "a year to a year and a half." The first time he said this, he was directly contradicting President Trump who expected a vaccine much sooner.
In contrast, after the H1N1 (swine flu) epidemic hit in April 2009, the Centers for Disease Control expedited approval of vaccines. Five months later, on September 15 2009, four different vaccines were approved. Why should approval take over a year this time but only 5 months in 2009? Apparently, NIH is planning to slow walk the COVID-19 vaccines through the usual approval process, which requires three sequential phases:
The CDC was in charge of the vaccine process in 2009 and got it done in just 5 months. But Fauci's NIH is in charge of this one, and Fauci says that it can't be done in less than 12 to 18 months. Fauci is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
[Click here to read it on the American Thinker website.]
Comment by M, 4/13/2020:
Dr. Fauci should be exhibit #A, in every textbook that attempts to explain "Agency Capture". Where the industry the Government agency is tasked with regulating always ends up in control of the agency in question.
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