CDC Director Walensky Didn’t Disclose Husband’s $5.3 Million in HHS Grants

CDC Director Walensky Didn’t Disclose Husband’s $5.3 Million in HHS Grants

Information obtained exclusively by RedState from syndicated radio talk show host Howie Carr, shows the husband of the Director for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is richly profiting from his wife’s position. Current CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, took over under the Biden administration, and is married to Loren Walensky, a renowned pediatric oncology researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard.

In October of 2019, Loren became “the scientific co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Lytica Therapeutics” reports RedState. Lytica is “an early-stage biotechnology company working on an innovative platform for developing next-generation antimicrobials” according to LabCentral.

A mere four months after his new role, Lytica received a $16.9 million dollar grant from Health and Human Services to “develop antibacterial peptides with broad activity against multidrug-resistant bacteria.” Only $5.3 million has been initially disbursed to Lytica, and the remaining money is scheduled to be delivered upon “certain development milestones.”

Crunchbase, which monitors funding for corporations and non-profits, shows the $5.3 million is the only funding Lytica has received to date. RedState reports:

Again, the only funding this new company has received to date – nearly two years after its founding – is the $5.3 million allocated from the HHS grant.

The grant was funded and organized by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees and administers the Biomedical Advanced and Development Authority (BARDA) program, which is similar to the PREDICT program at the center of Wuhan Institute of Virology gain-of-function research controversy. The Lytica Therapeutics grant was provided through BARDA’s CARB-X program…

 …Interestingly, BARDA also has teamed up with the Wellcome Group, headed by Jeremy Farrar, who many of you may remember was a signer of the Peter Daszak organized Lancet letter, which sought to debunk the now-legitimized Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

While Walensky received the grant prior to his wife becoming director of an HHS-governed organization, his wife was directly associated with HHS for more than a decade when his company was awarded the grant.

Rochelle Walensky served as the chair of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, which put her in close contact with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents (again, with Dr. Fauci). In fact, when “insiders” were surprised that Walensky was picked, it was revealed that Fauci had a lot to do with her appointment

 …The fact that Walensky’s grant was not disclosed as a portion of his wife’s appointment amounts to a massive lack of transparency. In her financial disclosures, submitted January 13, 2021, she lists her husband’s interest in Lytica Therapeutics as a “spousal holding,” but doesn’t indicate that he is the co-founder of the company and ostensibly working there since he is the inventor of the technology subject to the CARB-X grant.

 She also doesn’t indicate in that filing that his company is receiving a federal grant from the very agency in which she’s being appointed to a leadership position – and the agency that still has to make decisions on whether to award the additional $11.6 million.

 Director Walensky had a responsibility to report this conflict of interest upon taking office, however, no records exist of her doing so. One can only reach the conclusion that her failure to disclose was because she suspected that doing so could have disqualified her from consideration for the position. 

 Even more alarming is that the Biden Administration either didn’t do their homework in nominating Director Walensky or simply didn’t care. This information wasn’t hard to come by either, which is a scathing indictment of the mainstream media who did not question Director Walensky’s qualifications or background in her appointment to her position. We all know that if this same situation existed for a Trump Administration official, the media would have had a collective meltdown.



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