Fauci’s Wife Heads Department of Bioethics at NIH

Dr. Doom's colossal conflict of interest.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest paid bureaucrat in the entire federal government, and bags a bigger salary than the president of the United States. As head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Fauci commands a budget of more than $6 billion. Beside all that money, power and prestige, Dr. Fauci holds a strategic advantage.

Christine Grady, Dr. Fauci’s wife, is director of the NIH’s Department of Bioethics and heads the section on human subjects research. The relationship has only become known in recent years, and last February, Michelle Ruiz authored a Vogue feature headlined “For Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Christine Grady, Love Conquers All.”

Back in 1983, Grady was a clinical nurse at NIH when Fauci asked her out to dinner. For the NIAID boss, it was “love at first sight . . . she was intelligent, beautiful, spoke multiple languages, and she had a very wonderful bedside manner.” Fauci and Grady married in 1985 Grady and the pair now form a “a medical power couple leading the fight against the coronavirus.” Nice story, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

Grady served on President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS commission, and as Ruiz explains, “The couple met at the outset of the AIDS epidemic, with Fauci driving research at the NIAID and inviting activists to the table on scientific and medical discussions.” The couple found their true bond in the government response to AIDS.

Christine Grady’s husband earned a medical degree in 1966 but his bio shows no advanced degrees in molecular biology or biochemistry. Fauci believed AIDS was caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. UC Berkley molecular biologist Peter Duesberg found no evidence that HIV caused AIDS and set forth the case at length in Inventing the AIDs Virus, with a foreword by Nobel laureate Kary Mullis, inventor of the polymerase chain reaction. “We have not been able to find a good reason why most of the people believe that AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV,” wrote Mullis. “There is simply no scientific evidence demonstrating that is true.”

Fauci predicted that AIDS would ravage the entire population but as Michael Fumento showed in The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, that never happened. AIDS was supposedly an “epidemic,” but from 1981 through 1990, a ballpark figure for the number of quarantines is 10, and no economic shut-down took place.

Christine Grady earned a PhD in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown but she is not a medical doctor and like her husband holds no advanced degrees in biochemistry or molecular biology. In 1995 Grady authored The Search for an AIDS Vaccine: Ethical Issues in the development and testing of a preventative AIDS vaccine. As the back cover explains, “Grady explores the current wisdom governing research with human subjects” (emphasis added) and “clinical trials are already ongoing.”

Fauci’s remedy of choice for AIDS was the drug AZT (azidothymidine), marketed under the names Zidovudine or Retrovir. The drug has toxic effects but in the summer of 1989 Fauci announced clinical trials of AZT on pregnant mothers with HIV. As Duesberg explained, “a drug that interferes with growth can lead only to physical deformities in babies developing in the womb.” By all indications, nurse and bioethicist Christine Grady was okay with these trials, not the last to test human subjects with AZT and other powerful drugs.

In 1992, Fauci’s NIAID provided funding for the Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) in New York as an outpatient clinic for HIV-positive children. The city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) offered up children under its care, nearly all of them African American, for secretive drug experimentation. As the BBC’s 2004 Guinea Pig Kids, documented, drugs forced on the children powerful drugs such as AZT, Didanosene and Nevirapene.

As biochemist Dr. David Rasnick explained, the children were going to be miserable and one nurse discovered that some 80 of the children died. The medical establishment attacked the documentary but a 2009 New York Times report showed that children were enrolled without proper consent and many were subjected to medication trials not reviewed by an advisory panel.

In 2014, Valerie Leiter and Sarah Herman of Simmons College found similarities between Fauci’s NIAID-back drug trials and the government’s Tuskegee syphilis study. Since most of the children in the New York trials were black, the authors branded the case a “modern Tuskegee.”  If nurse, bioethicist and mother of three Christine Grady objected to these experiments on unwilling human subjects, nothing has been made public.

In 2012, the NIH named Christine Grady chief of the Department of Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Grady came billed as “a strong international voice in human subjects protections,” but no word that Grady had been married to NIAID boss Anthony Fauci for nearly 30 years, and nothing on the conflict of interest in the new arrangement. Since NIH ethics guide NIAID, Grady’s ethical decisions inform her husband’s research and development decisions.

After his wife became NIH bioethics boss, Fauci decided to fund dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. No word from Grady about the ethics of making viruses more lethal and more transmissible, at an institute controlled by a Communist dictatorship and not accountable to Americans.

Fauci repeatedly lied about funding that research, but no word from Grady on the ethics of that deception. In early 2020, Fauci opposed President Trump’s ban on travel from China. Fauci recommended the destructive lockdowns that caused untold suffering and loss. No word from Grady about the ethics involved in those decisions.

As Elle reported last June, Christine Grady “identifies, researches, and writes about ethical issues concerning COVID-19 vaccines, resource allocation, and the safety of healthcare workers during the pandemic.” No word from the NIH bioethics boss about the safety of all those millions of human subjects in the general population.

Back in the 1990s, around the time that Grady’s book on AIDS appeared, Kary Mullis charged that Dr. Anthony Fauci “doesn’t understand electron microscopy and he doesn’t understand medicine. He should not be in a position like he’s in.” But he was, and is.

Dr. Fauci has reversed himself many times but the NIAID boss now claims “I represent science.” No word from Grady about that open declaration of megalomania. By all indications, Christine Grady’s husband can say or do just about anything, and the NIH bioethics boss has no problem with it. What could possibly go wrong?

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