Dr Anthony Fauci has sold his memoir to Penguin Random House for $5million that will chronicle his life from being a Brooklyn schoolboy to the nation’s Covid czar, according to a new report.
Fauci, 82, was the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was the highest paid public official in the country – believed to be earning about $480,000 a year – which is more than the president.
According to Page Six, ‘there was a two-week auction,’ of bidders trying to snap up Fauci’s latest book – which ended up being picked up for ‘just under $5 million.’
The title or release date is not yet known – but it’s set to be a biography of the doctor’s life working within the federal government’s National Institutes of Health.
This is not the first book Fauci has written off the back of the pandemic. In 2021, he released ‘Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward.’
Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured in 2022) is set to release his memoirs, after selling the rights for $5million to Penguin Random House, according to a new report. It will chronicle his life, from being a schoolboy in Brooklyn to becoming the nation’s Covid czar
Dr. Anthony Fauci attending the National AIDS Update Conference at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium on October 12, 1989. Penguin Random House’s imprint, Crown, is believed to be the publishers who snapped up the Covid czar’s memoir
It will follow his life – from when he joined the National Institutes of Health in 1968 after graduating with a medical degree from Cornell University, to how he became the face of the fight against coronavirus.
Fauci even lived above his family’s pharmacy in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, as a child before deciding to also go down the route of medical practice.
He has advised every president since Ronald Regan on communicable diseases in his decades-long career, which he retired from in December.
Penguin Random House’s imprint, Crown, is believed to be the publishers who snapped up the Covid czar’s memoir. DailyMail.com has reached out for comment.
Crown is the publishing company who have been behind some of the world’s biggest names’ biographies and memoirs – including both Barack and Michelle Obama.
They published the Obamas’ ‘Becoming,’ ‘A Promised Land,’ and ‘The Light We Carry,’ as well as Bernie Sanders’ ‘It’s OK to be Angry About Capitalism,’ and Tina Brown’s British royal family expose ‘The Palace Papers.’
It’s also the publishing imprint that produced Volodymyr Zelensky’s ‘A Message from Ukraine,’ compiling some of his most dramatic speeches from 2019 to 2022 during the outbreak of the war.
Fauci has advised every president since Ronald Regan on communicable diseases in his decades-long career, which he retired from in December
Fauci speaking at the III International AIDS Conference Washington DC, June 1987
Fauci lived above his family’s pharmacy in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, as a child before deciding to also go down the route of medical practice. He joined the National Institutes of Health in 1968 after graduating with a medical degree from Cornell University
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci as he arrives for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Fauci’s first book he published since the outbreak of Covid compiled interviews that he conducted during his 34-year stint as the director of the NIAID.
An overview of the book stated: ‘Before becoming the face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and America’s most trusted doctor, Dr. Fauci had already devoted three decades to public service.
‘Those looking to live a more compassionate and purposeful life will find inspiration in his unique perspective on leadership, expecting the unexpected, and finding joy in difficult times.’
A spokesperson from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the time told DailyMail.com that Fauci wouldn’t be paid for the project.
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first book since the pandemic, which was released in 2021
This comes at a contentious time for Fauci. He is facing mounting criticism over his handling of the Covid pandemic – including accusations that he hid the possibility that the pandemic stemmed from a Wuhan lab leak.
Earlier in March, top scientific advisors told Congress there’s mounting evidence Covid leaked from the Wuhan lab and accused Dr Fauci of trying to cover up the claims because they didn’t fit his narrative.
Experts, including a former Biden staffer and Donald Trump’s CDC director, testified to the House subcommittee investigating COVID that taxpayer-funded gain-of-function likely caused the virus that came from the Chinese facility.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan tore into Fauci for ‘trying to cover his backside’ over the lab leak claims, and Trump’s CDC director Robert Redfield claimed the Biden COVID advisor ignored his concerns because ‘they wanted a single narrative and I had a different point of view.’
It follows the release of the explosive Department of Energy report in February this year that the virus – responsible for years of lockdowns and restrictions – likely did leak from the lab.
FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed his agency believed the same.
In February, the 82-year-old broke his silence and urged caution in believing the report, saying Americans need to keep an ‘open mind to all possibilities’.
Virologist Shi Zheng-li – nicknamed the ‘Bat Lady’ – is pictured in the lab. She hunted down dozens of deadly Covid-like viruses in bat caves and studied them at the WIV
The question of whether the global outbreak began with a spillover from wildlife sold at the market or leaked out of the Wuhan lab just eight miles across the Yangtze River has given rise to fierce debate about how to prevent the next pandemic. New studies point to a natural spillover at the Huanan wildlife market. Positive swab samples of floors, cages and counters also track the virus back to stalls in the southwestern corner of the market where animals with the potential to harbor Covid were sold for meat or fur at the time
In an email to the publisher of Nature Medicine, Dr. Kristian Andersen writes that Fauci ‘prompted’ the paper – known as the proximal origin paper
Rep. Jim Jordan told Congress: ‘This is the highest paid guy in our government getting all kinds of money to tell us things that were not accurate.
‘US tax dollars went to a lab in China, a lab that was not up to code, a lab that was doing gain of function research, and that’s where this thing most definitely came from and Dr. Fauci could not have that news getting out.’
Reports have now come out that Fauci commissioned a scientific paper at the start of the pandemic, known as the proximal origin paper, that cast doubt on the idea that Covid-19 came from a lab.
The paper came days after Fauci had been warned in emails about the potential of lab origin – which were later uncovered by House Republicans.
Fauci did not disclose he was involved in commissioning the paper when he stood in front of a White House press briefing and cited it as evidence to dismiss lab origin.
The doctor retired from his position at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at end of last year.
DID COVID LEAK FROM A WUHAN LAB? THE EVIDENCE FOR AND AGAINST
Evidence for Wuhan lab-leak theory
An article in the respected Science journal on May 14 2021 kick-started the surge in interest for the lab-leak theory.
Some 18 experts wrote in the journal that ‘we must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data’.
Later that month, a study by British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr Birger Sørensen claimed it had ‘prima facie evidence of retro-engineering in China’ for a year.
The study included accusations of ‘deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data’ at Chinese labs.
It followed statements from the WHO Director General, US and EU that greater clarity about the origins of this pandemic is necessary and feasible to achieve.
Previously, the theory had been dismissed as conspiracy by most experts, partly because of its association with President Donald Trump.
President Joe Biden in May 2021 ordered a full investigation into the origin of the pandemic virus and demanded scientists work out whether there is truth to the theory.
In December 2021, Harvard scientist Dr Alina Chan told the UK’s Science and Technology Select Committee that it is ‘reasonable’ to believe that Covid was genetically engineered in China.
She also said that the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the initial outbreak in Wuhan two years ago and attempts to sabotage the World Health Organisation’s inquiry into the origins of the pandemic made the lab-leak theory likely.
The head of the World Health Organization insisted just a day earlier that the theory that Covid emerged from a Wuhan lab has not been ruled out — as he said China should help solve the mystery out of ‘respect’ for the dead.
The body’s director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, suggested that Beijing had not cooperated fully as he urged more ‘transparency’ in the continuing investigation.
And a senior Government source claimed in June 2022 that the WHO boss privately believes the pandemic kicked off following a leak from a Chinese lab.
In September 2022, leading medical journal the Lancet admitted the virus may have been leaked from a lab, including those in the US.
Evidence against the theory
Most of the scientific community say the virus is most likely of natural origin.
A series of papers point to the virus evolving in animals before being transmitted to humans, in the same way as all other previously discovered coronaviruses.
The first study, published in Scientific Reports, showed some 47,000 wild animals from 38 species were sold across four markets in Wuhan between May 2017 and November 2019.
The authors, including Dr Chris Newman, an evolutionary ecologist at Oxford University, claimed the evidence showed the conditions for animal-to-human transmission were in place in Wuhan.
But they acknowledged there was no proof Sars-CoV-2 was present or originated in any of these animals.
A joint World Health Organization-China investigation also concluded it was ‘very likely’ the virus jumped from bats to humans via an as-yet-unknown intermediary animal.
And a June 2022 report by the WHO sets out that Covid most likely originated in bats before infecting humans.
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