Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) excoriated Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for what the senator says has been a failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic as he “sabotaged” early treatments.
“Horse dewormers” and “snake oil salesmen.” Last year, those terms were used to describe several readily available and inexpensive drugs some took to treat COVID-19 and anyone who suggested their use.
Despite extensive reporting by several media sources on studies that have shown cheap, generic drugs such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine have had significant success rates with COVID-19 patients, Johnson says Fauci and other medical professionals have worked diligently to deny coronavirus sufferers access to these treatments.
In a Sunday tweet, the senator asked: “[D]id Dr. Fauci’s response to COVID-19 work? 788,000 lives lost, many because he ignored and sabotaged early treatment using cheap, available, generic drugs in favor of a vaccine that is not as safe or effective as we all hoped it would be.”
I ask a simple question, did Dr. Fauci’s response to COVID-19 work? 788,000 lives lost, many because he ignored and sabotaged early treatment using cheap, available, generic drugs in favor of a vaccine that is not as safe or effective as we all hoped it would be.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) December 5, 2021
Johnson noted that, rather than encourage the use of such readily available therapeutics, Fauci has been working diligently to ensure Americans offer their arms for what is still an ineffective and untested COVID-19 vaccine.
On Dec. 1, World Aids Day, while speaking to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on a podcast, Johnson said, “Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn’t. And he’s doing, he’s using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine.”
In response to Johnson’s criticism, Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he has said he has no clue what the senator is talking about: “Overhyping COVID that’s already killed 780,000 Americans over 5 million people worldwide? So I don’t have any clue what he’s talking about.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): “I don’t have any clue of what he’s talking about.”
CNN’s @jaketapper: “I don’t think he does either.” pic.twitter.com/9zZ3Ce0gnq
— The Recount (@therecount) December 5, 2021
The senator is not alone in his assessment, however. Dr. Robert Malone, who invented mRNA vaccines, has been critical of Fauci and maintains that preventing the use of HCQ and ivermectin-type treatments has resulted in the deaths of COVID-19 patients.
Another supporter of the use of off-label drugs such as ivermectin to treat the coronavirus is Dr. Pierre Kory, an American critical care physician and president and co-founder of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.
In Dec. 2020, the physician testified before a Homeland Security committee on early treatment for the virus. During his testimony, Kory noted that existing “data show that ivermectin is effectively a ‘miracle drug’ against COVID-19. The magnitude of the effect is similar to its Nobel prize-worthy historical impacts against parasitic disease across many parts of the globe.”
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