President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, the White House has confirmed. According to the National Institutes of Health, mild symptoms were reported by Dr. Anthony Fauci, an 81-year old public health officer. He was diagnosed with rapid antigen testing and has been experiencing minor side effects.
“Dr. Fauci will continue to follow. [Covid]-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative,”The NIH stated in a statement that he would continue to work at home.
According to Washington Post, this was Fauci’s first positive test for the virus.
According to the White House, Fauci was not in the CDC definition of “infected”. “close contact”Biden and other high ranking government officials. About half of Biden’s cabinet have caught covid recently, with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testing positive for the virus earlier this week, for the second time in a month.
Fauci had been scheduled to testify before the Senate Health Committee on Thursday morning about the current state of the US government’s coronavirus response, alongside CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf. On Wednesday afternoon it wasn’t clear whether Fauci would make an appearance via videolink, or if he would remain absent.
Fauci was elected the April President “pandemic phase”Covido over to the US, but said that the virus would not be eliminated, just kept at. “very low”There are no known ways to prevent infection from intermittent vaccines.
Fauci has led the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, and played a prominent role in the US response to the AIDS epidemic. He was elevated to a cult-like figure by Democrats in 2020, however, after clashing with President Donald Trump over the US government’s response to Covid-19.
Biden ran for office on “trusting Fauci” and upon taking office, elevated him to top medical adviser and put him in charge of his administration’s pandemic response. Courts have ruled that Fauci’s mandates for vaccination and masking were excessive.