The institute headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, has funded a study in which dozens of dogs were needlessly tormented, advocacy group White Coat Waste (WCW) said, citing government documents.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which Fauci has run since 1984, gave $424,455 to the University of Georgia to inject a group of beagles with experimental vaccines and then infest them with parasites, WCW reported last week, citing documents obtained from the government under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The revelation has since attracted the attention of several conservative-leaning news outlets, including the Daily Caller and the Federalist. “Fauci’s budget has ballooned to over $6 billion in taxpayer funding annually, at least half of which is being wasted on more questionable animal experimentation like these deadly and unnecessary beagle tests and other maximum pain experiments,” Justin Goodman of White Coat Waste told the Daily Caller.
Earlier this year, the WCW documented NIAID’s pain experiments on a variety of animals. Emails obtained by WCW indicate the study began in November 2020 and is scheduled to end in early 2022. According to the documentation, some 28 beagles would be infected and euthanized after 196 days, for blood collection and analysis. This means the dogs may have already been killed, in June this year.
WCW has published a photo of one infested dog, and a screenshot of an email mentioning how a group of animals was “vocalizing in pain” after being injected with the second dose of the experimental vaccine, the name of which was redacted. According to the Daily Caller, however, the vaccine is called LFGuard and is intended to treat lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), a disease caused by parasitic worms who attack the lymphatic system. It has already been extensively tested on other animals, such as mice, gerbils and rhesus macaques.