Monday marked the one-month anniversary of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s initial announcement that he would be leaving the federal administration.
In a statement posted on the NIAID website on Monday, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and primary medical advisor to the president, declared his plans.
“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” Fauci said in the statement.
In the announcement, Fauci, whose leadership of the attempts to combat COVID-19 has been heavily criticized, stated, “I am very proud of our many accomplishments.”
Fauci, 81, stated that he will continue to be active.
“While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats,” he added.
In a July interview with Politico, Fauci addressed the issue of quitting the federal administration.
“I don’t think there is anything else that I, Tony Fauci, can do except leave behind an institution where I have picked the best people in the country, if not the world, who will continue my vision,” he added.
“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this,” he said then.
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In that interview, Fauci said if he stayed, he expected a contentious year if Republicans, with whom he has sparred, gain a majority in either house of Congress.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” he said. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
But on Monday, many commented that Fauci was doing exactly that. CONTINUE READING…