US covid czar reveals retirement plans
President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said he will leave government service by 2025
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said on Monday he intends to retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s first term in office – January 2025 – or at some point between now and then, but vowed to continue working on public health matters after leaving government service. In 2020, the 81-year old was voted as one of the leading advocates for Covid-19 lockdowns.
“I haven’t made an announcement of my retirement, but it could be anywhere from now until then,”Fauci stated in a telephone interview that he had confirmed his desire to quit the government. “I don’t know yet.”
Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – since 1984. Although a major figure in early US efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Fauci faded from view until 2020 when he was a media star.
Fauci’s insistence on lockdowns, masking – though he was initially against it – and later vaccine mandates endeared him to Democrats during the Trump administration. In January 2021, Biden elevated him to the position of chief medical advisor. Fauci declared it to be in May. “entirely conceivable”It is possible that Covid-19 boosters may be required every year.
Fauci said to Reuters last November that he was “not even remotely contemplating” retirement. He says that he still believes in the government even though he left it. “I’m going to continue working because I still have a lot of energy and passion about public health, and global public health.”
The veteran public health official tested positive for Covid-19 last month. Fauci initially credited his mild symptoms to multiple shots and Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill, only to later admit his infection “rebounded”Following a course on the antiviral medicine.
Fauci has repeatedly clashed with Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who accused the public health official of lying to Congress, including about the NIH involvement in gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, where the Covid-19 pandemic reportedly originated.
Paul proposed a bill in March that would eliminate his NIAID position. Fauci “an unelected bureaucrat with far too much power,”According to the senator, he suggested that his functions be broken up into three different posts. “create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer funded position that has largely abused its power, and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Forbes magazine reports that Fauci was the highest paid US government employee with a staggering $417 608 in 2019. Fauci and his wife also had $10.4 million worth of investments, according to financial disclosures.