Dr. Anthony Fauci said he will “continue to advance science and public health”
Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he will step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and as President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor. Fauci, the architect of Biden’s coronavirus policies, had earlier said he would resign before the end of Biden’s term in office.
In a statement released by the NIAID, Fauci said that he will leave his positions in December, having served for 38 years as head of the NIAID and as Biden’s chief medical advisor since the start of the president’s term last January.
Fauci indicated that, while Fauci will be leaving the posts, he intends to remain. “not retiring.”Dr. 81 years old said he’d “continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders.”
Overseeing Biden’s response to Covid-19 and advising former President Donald Trump on the virus, Fauci became a deeply divisive figure, with liberals and Democrats viewing him as a representative of science itself, and Republicans and conservatives seeing his vaccine and mask mandates as tyrannical.
Fauci’s public statements did little to allay the concerns of the right, with the doctor once accusing his critics of “criticizing science because I represent science.”
His admission that he misled the public about how many Americans would need to get vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity”This mistrust was furthered.
Fauci tested positive for the virus in June despite receiving four doses of vaccines. He tested positive a second time two weeks later in what he called a ‘rebound’ case, experienced by some who take a course of Pfizer’s antiviral drug Paxlovid.
As he announced his resignation, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed the US recording a weekly average of just under 94,000 cases of Covid-19 per day, down from a spike of 475,000 in January but higher than at any point during the summer months of 2020 and 2021.
The average number of deaths due to the virus has fallen to just 392 in the last week from more than 2700 in January, which is roughly the same as the figures for the two previous summers.
Fauci’s resignation was not completely unexpected. In an interview with Politico last month, the doctor said that he would leave before the end of Biden’s first term in office, in January 2025. The virus’ current situation in the US was described by the doctor as “steady,”Fauci forecast that Americans will be required to have yearly, or even twice-yearly vaccinations to prevent it from happening again.