As they say, work hard and you may win an award.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top celebrity disease official, was just awarded a $1 million prize called the Dan David Prize. Fauci won this award — one no one ever heard of but is now deemed prestigious — for not only “defending science” but also for “speaking truth to power.”
Wow, what a guy.
“Fauci is the consummate model of leadership and impact in public health,” the awards committee said while giving Fauci $1 million. Well, there you have it, you too can be a Dan David winner if you master, to use Fauci’s word, guesstimating.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, Fauci leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread,” the committee goes on. “In addition, he has been widely praised for his courage in speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment.”
Tom Brady’s fifth Super Bowl MVP doesn’t seem as important now, does it?
“The award sets aside 10% of the prize money for academic scholarships in each winner’s field,” NPR reports. “Fauci gets to determine the nature of the scholarships.” It’s unclear how many times Fauci gets to change his mind before the decision is final. Here’s to hoping it’s at least a few.
It’s sure nice to see such deserving people win awards for their tremendous achievements. Gov. Andrew Cuomo won an Emmy for lying about the elderly dying in nursing homes, Black Lives Matter earned a Nobel Prize nomination for burning American buildings, and now Fauci won the David Danny (whatever its name is) award for defending science.
Nevertheless, congrats on the award, Dr. Fauci, enjoy the money.