Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, will step down at the end of the year from his role of running the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advising the White House as chief medical adviser, he announced Monday. did.
Fauci became a household fixture Covid-19 Pandemic, sometimes fighting misinformation from the highest levels of government.Unwavering Dedication to Science Challenges Former President donald trump From using hydroxychloroquine to hiding orders, he’s become a semi-celebrity in the process.
The 81-year-old has worked with Ronald Reagan, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the West Nile virus, the 2001 anthrax attack, the pandemic flu, various bird flu threats, Ebola, Zika, and most recently Covid and monkeypox. .
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about a variant of the Omicron coronavirus during a press conference at the White House in Washington, Dec. 1, 2021.
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Fauci, who also runs the NIAID Immunomodulation Institute, said he has no intention of retiring.
“After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while still having a lot of energy and passion in my field,” Fauci said in a statement. I hope to use what I have learned to continue to advance science and public health, to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders, and to help prepare the world to face the threat of future infectious diseases. increase.”
He first joined the National Institutes of Health in 1968 at the age of 27, where he quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984. Freedom in 2008.
Fauci called it a “lifetime honor” to lead the NIAID through so many extraordinary health threats.
“I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with and learned from countless talented and dedicated people in my lab, at NIAID, NIH, ‘ he said. “To them I express my unwavering respect and gratitude.”
Fauci was one of the first presidents Joe Biden Said he called after he took office.
“While serving as Vice President, I worked closely with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the United States’ response to Zika and Ebola,” Biden said in a statement Monday. “I see him as a dedicated public servant, a steady hand with wisdom and insight honed over decades on the front lines of our most dangerous and challenging public health crises. I got to know.”
During his tenure, Fauci did not shy away from conflict. His Senate hearings were often filled with brief exchanges with members of Congress, especially Senator Rand Paul, whom he once denounced, R-Ky. incite death threats against him and his family.
“When he comes out and accuses me of things that aren’t entirely true, all of a sudden there’s a madman going up in flames that threatens my life and causes my family and children to be harassed with obscene phone calls. You’re lying about me,” Fauci told the Senate Health Committee at a hearing in January.
At the height of the pandemic, Fauci Handle 2,000+ emails per day Working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with only three to four hours of sleep a night, he told his friends and former colleagues he was bombarded with e-mails he obtained through requests for public records from several news outlets. told me inside
Fauci has been ubiquitous in American culture for the past two and a half years. Brad Pitt played him on ‘Saturday Night Live’. The Atlantic he called the then 79-year-old a “heartthrob” in an April 2020 article titled “America Craves Anthony Fauci.”
His face adorned holiday decorations, socks, donuts, T-shirts, and fan art. restaurant named after him. The owner of the Capo Italian Deli says his pouches of foci cocktails, vodka, elderflower, mint, and his lemonade sold in a form like IV drip pouches have helped keep the restaurant alive during the pandemic. I hope it was helpful.
“Our society is really completely insane,” Fauci wrote in response to an article documenting “Fauci fever” and the online “sexualization” of the then-80-year-old virologist.
Fauci said in an email as of March 2020: Washington Post article The details of his “cultist” were “genuinely surreal”.
“Hopefully this ends soon,” Fauci wrote.
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Correction: Fauci has advised seven U.S. presidents. In previous versions the numbers were listed incorrectly.