Fauci’s Foursome Awarded With $50 Million In Grants

by Fed Up Texas Chick

As new information comes to light about Dr. Anthony Fauci, we see that he continues to be linked to very disturbing trends and events.

Remember when the mainstream media was shoving the “natural origin of COVID-19 theory” down our throats? At that time, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), firmly took the reins of the pandemic, stepping up to the podium on a daily basis throughout 2020 and 2021 to assure us that his agency had it all under control.

As it turns out, Fauci appears to be the architect and the cover-up of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the director of NIAID for nearly 40 years, an organization with an annual budget of $6 billion, he wields great power in the federal agency and across many branches of government. It seems he also enlisted the help of four prominent scientists to do his bidding.

What is interesting is that these four scientists clearly supported his theory that the virus was leaked from the Wuhan lab in China, only to later do a complete turnaround and heavily push the theory of natural origin.

Who are they?

On February 1, 2020, Fauci held a secret teleconference with four scientists: Kristian Anderson, Robert Garry, Michael Farzan, and Peter Daszak. This emergency call occurred after the discovery that NIAID and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had funding ties. During that call, three of the four scientists said they were fairly certain the virus had been leaked from a lab. Two days later, on February 3, a paper was released entitled The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2  purporting a natural theory, meaning, the virus had evolved on its own in nature. In that paper, Kristian Andersen and Robert Garry proposed two scenarios to explain the origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus. Both were natural origin theories, meaning a human needed to come into close contact with, or consume, an infected animal for genetic modification of the virus to occur. This became known as ‘the wet market bat soup theory.’

Since the February teleconference call, these scientists have collectively received over $50 million in NIAID funding a substantial increase in academic funding over many previous years.

Fauci set up an $82 million special grant initiative within NIAID called Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID). This global network involves multidisciplinary investigations into how and where viruses and other pathogens can emerge from wildlife and spillover to cause disease in people. Research is led by 10 Centers and one Coordinating Center and will involve collaborations with peer institutions in the United States and 28 other countries.

Of the 11 grants provided through CREID, three of four scientists received a large portion of the funding.


Kirsten Andersen actually became known to many Americans when his January 2020 emails to Fauci were disclosed after the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by newspaper outlets. In those emails, Andersen urged Fauci to consider the lab leak theory, saying that his team had unanimously concluded that “the genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory. ” This means it wasn’t found in nature.

However, Andersen gave himself an out by saying that he had to look at it more closely with further analysis, so his opinion “could change.” And that’s exactly what happened! The day before the Feb 1 teleconference, Andersen told Fauci privately that the virus appeared engineered. The day after the telecon, Andersen appeared to have drastically switched opinions to favor the natural appearance opinion.  Despite having absolutely no experience whatsoever in studying coronaviruses, Anderson served as lead author of the natural origin paper mentioned above. Coincidentally, Andersen also received $7.4 million in 2020, a 60% increase over his 2019 funding of $4.5 million. In 2021, Andersen’s total grant funding increased to $9 million.


On the teleconference, Robert Garry too was a lab leak theorist, actually stating openly on the call that he could see no plausible natural origin scenario from bat to human for COVID-19. He stated that a lab-origin theory was easily explained, and even debunked natural origin by explaining that all of the sequences of genetic mutations that would have had to take place for this transition to happen naturally were simply improbable: “I just can’t figure out how this gets accomplished in nature.”

However, like Andersen, Garry had a change of heart, also becoming an author on the natural origin paper. Coincidentally, his grant funding increased from $5.7 to $7 million in 2020 and he also received $6.6 million in 2021. Garry even made videos like this one purporting the natural origin theory. Garry later seemed to crack under the pressure, admitting that the teleconference leaders had pressured him not to discuss the lab origin theory.


A third scientist, Michael Farzan, received acknowledgments for contributing significant discussions in the creation of the article. Farzan is a colleague of Andersen’s at Scripps University and is part of the university’s Global Health Initiative. In the same emails acquired by FOIA, Farzan was noted as agreeing with Garry that the virus had properties that pointed to gain-of-function enhanced transmissibility, e.g. a human-engineered virus. Farzan even told colleagues that he was confident in his lab-leak theory. Farzan knows of what he speaks. He is a renowned immunologist who discovered the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus receptor in 2005.  Yet, just like the other two, Farzan did a rapid flip to the natural origin theory.

Was it a coincidence that Farzan received nearly $20 million in Fauci funding in 2020 ($9.9 million) and 2021 ($7.9 million)? He received nearly an additional million dollars at the beginning of 2022. The funds appear to have come from NIAID but not from CREID. By comparison, Farzad only received $3.8 million from NIAID grants in 2019. That’s quite an increase for any scientist of any caliber.


Saving the best for last, Peter Daszak is Fauci’s fourth scientist and partner in crime. Notably, Daszak published a 2018 paper discussing the creation of a virus in a lab – one very similar to SARS-CoV-2 in fact.  Daszak was actually in China when he participated in Fauci’s February 1 secret teleconference. As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team, Daszak traveled as part of the team going to Wuhan to investigate the virus’s origins. Daszak emanated a “nothing to see here” narrative, and while in China, gave interviews to state-run media to back up his claim. He even purported a theory that the virus was imported from Japan or Thailand into Wuhan. Now that’s a theory!

Daszak was the mastermind behind silencing the engineered virus narrative. How did he do it? He solicited 27 scientists to write a statement condemning the lab-leak theory and published it in the very influential medical journal The Lancet. Daszak “forgot” to disclose his conflicts of interest to the journal, which included his personal involvement in Wuhan research.

Daszak is president of the EcoHealth Alliance. The organization has now been proven to have sent $600,000 in US taxpayer money to the Wuhan lab. Daszak’s role at EcoHealth involved repackaging government grants and sending them to research institutes, which included the Wuhan Institute of Virology. For instance, Wuhan scientist Shi Zhengli received over $1.2 million in grant support from the US government.

Daszak is a regular recipient of NIAID funds. In 2014, the US placed a moratorium on gain-of-function research, but several months prior, EcoHealth received a $3.7 million NIAID grant for (you guessed it) gain-of-function research. Part of the grant involved collecting bat samples to see which animal viruses could jump to humans when enhanced. Daszak’s grant was not initially halted under the moratorium but was later canceled by President Trump. An additional Fauci grant to Daszak was remarkably timely, occurring right after Trump’s cancellation. By 2018, EcoHealth was pulling in $15 million per year from a variety of federal agencies including the Department of Defense.

Like the other teleconference scientists, Daszak also received money from Fauci’s CREID program ($1.5 million in 2020 and again in 2021), more than doubling his 2019 allocation of $660,000. The Agency for International Development (USAID) also awarded Daszak nearly $5 million in late 2021.

A Massive Shift in Thinking

What prompted the scientists to push a narrative they once did not believe? Did they find more evidence and change their minds, or were they motivated in some other way?  Was the lab leak theory really that far-fetched? After all, we are all told there are only three labs in the world that conduct this kind of research: Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Galveston, Texas; and the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. Furthermore, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was funded by the US to engineer a bat virus to infect human cells, and then that same virus breaks out in the same city that houses the level 4 containment lab, one of three in the entire world.

But the virus emerged in a wet market. Right?

Also interesting is that Dr. Fauci just happened to write a paper in 2012 stating that the benefits of gain-of-function research outweighed any risk of a lab-leaked pandemic.  Yet Fauci and his four compatriots have abandoned all plausible theory that the origins of COVID-19 were anything but natural.


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Fed Up Texas Chick is a contributing writer for The Tenpenny Report. She’s a rocket scientist turned writer, having worked in the space program for many years. She is a seasoned medical writer and researcher who is fighting for medical freedom for all of us through her work.

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