Dr. Anthony Fauci, the foremost authority on infectious diseases in the country, said on Monday that he would retire at the end of the year from his positions as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical counsellor to the White House.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci has established himself as a familiar figure, combating false information, often coming from the highest echelons of government. He became somewhat famous as a result of his unwavering dedication to science, which saw him take on former President Donald Trump on issues ranging from the usage of hydroxychloroquine to mask requirements.
The 81-year-old provided advice to seven American presidents, beginning with Ronald Reagan, during the AIDS and HIV pandemics, West Nile virus outbreaks, the 2001 anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, many bird flu threats, Ebola, Zika, and, most recently, the covid and monkeypox outbreaks.
NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation director Fauci claimed he has no plans to retire.
In a statement, Fauci said, “I plan to pursue the next chapter of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field after more than 50 years of government service.” “I want to apply what I have learned as the director of NIAID to further research and public health, as well as to teach and encourage the upcoming generation of scientific leaders as they work to get the world ready for the challenges that lie ahead,”
In 1968, when he was just 27 years old, he began working for the National Institutes of Health. He quickly moved up the organization’s ranks and eventually became control of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984.