Last Updated on February 15, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci received a $1 million cash payout from the nation of Israel in the form of the Dan David Prize this week, adding to the highest paid federal employee in America’s impressive bank account. The reason given for the cash prize was Fauci’s act of “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition.”
Tel Aviv University President and Dan David Prize Board chairman Ariel Porat stated, “The coronavirus pandemic has presented humanity with new challenges. Therefore, this year, we decided to honor the fields at the forefront of the battle against the virus – health and medicine. International review committees selected this year’s laureates for their pioneering work and their exceptional contributions to humanity in these fields, in three time dimensions – past, present and future.”
According the prize board, Fauci won the cash payout for “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging Covid crisis.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci won the $1 million Israeli-based Dan David Prize for "courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging Covid crisis" pic.twitter.com/sCUEj52tye
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Fauci’s work studying AIDs, during which he visited numerous gay bars and bathhouses, was also cited by the prize board.
“I went down to Greenwich Village, and I went into bathhouses to essentially see what was going on,” Fauci has said of his AIDs work, adding, “And the same thing going to the gay bars and seeing what was going on, and it gave me a great insight into the explosiveness of the outbreak of the sexually transmitted disease.”
In 2020, a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered that Fauci was already the highest paid federal employee in the United States in 2019:
A Freedom of Information Request shows that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute for Health’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases and current Chief Medical Advisor to the President, is the highest paid US government employee.
Data from the latest year for which federal salaries are available reveal that Fauci made $417,608 in 2019. That salary gave him the dubious distinction of being the highest paid individual out of all four million federal employees.
In contrast, the President of the United States has a legislated salary of $400,000 annually.
Fauci has celebrated the inauguration of Democrat President Joe Biden.