In the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980a, Dr. Anthony Fauci was already the head of infectious diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and was tasked with managing the outbreak and spread of HIV. To say he did a poor job of that is perhaps the understatement of the century.
Despite his repeated failures in managing pandemics, Dr. Fauci has somehow clung to power for the better part of 40 years repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
Right now, there is a national spotlight on the drug Ivermectin and its possible benefit to treating COVID-19 patients. Liberals continually pretend the debate is about the animal version of the drug Ivermectin and not the FDA approved human version of Ivermectin but in truth, there has been significant scientific study on the use of human Ivermectin to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients.
In fact, several studies have shown a significant reduction in mortality for patients with COVID-19 treated with Ivermectin. While there is some question and controversy still on the consistency of the treatment or its ability to slow the overall spread of the pandemic, there is certainly some viable scientific evidence that it could help some patients and none that it would do them harm.
For some reason, Dr. Fauci is extremely resistant to the idea of using Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (despite not being a practicing doctor or in the treatment field of medicine). But he has been down this path before.
In the 1980s a drug, Bactrim, was available to help save the lives of individuals with HIV. Bactrim was shown by many studies to prevent PVP which is pneumonia which ultimately killed many who died from HIV during that time and before more advanced treatments.
Multiple doctors and advocates appealed to Dr. Fauci to publicly endorse Bactrim and push for its approval to help save lives. He patently refused. In fact, he even encouraged individuals with HIV to refuse Bactrim treatment. All because NIH itself hadn’t done its own studies on Bactrim impacts. The word of clinicians on the ground treating patients meant nothing to him. Even though he had received ample evidence to the contrary, Dr. Fauci publicly asserted – completely falsely – that Bactrim was dangerous for people with HIV.
At the time, Fauci was as much a celebrity than as he is today. He was the mouthpiece of the pandemic. Father Tony, the savior. In fact, to make an appointment with Dr. Fauci or to request his presence one had to speak with his press secretary not his scheduling team much like you would a Hollywood starlet. This remains true today.
Bactrim and other similar drugs are now a US government-recognized treatment to prevent PVP. But thousands died while Dr. Fauci arbitrarily attempted to halt its ability to be used.
Whether or not Ivermectin is an effective treatment will be resolved by doctors, patients, and scientists in time. But looking at his history, Dr. Fauci is the absolute last person who anyone should consult on an issue relating to the appropriate use of medicine for new or dangerous viruses.