Joe Biden’s top medical adviser Dr Fauci announces plans for retirement

Biden's top medical adviser Dr Fauci announces plans for retirement

After receiving death threats and harassment from his family, Fauci now lives with security.

Washington:

Anthony Fauci, who has helped the United States’ response to infectious disease outbreaks since the 1980s, will retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s current term, he said in an interview on Monday.

The 81-year-old told Politico and CNN he would step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) sometime before January 2025 to explore other avenues.

“Obviously, you can’t go on forever. I want to do other things in my career, even though I’m at an advanced age,” Fauci, who is also Biden’s chief medical advisor, told CNN.

He told Politico that he did not plan to be in office long enough to see Covid-19 because the disease was not going away any time soon.

“I think we’re going to live with it,” said Fauci, who was appointed director of the National Institutes of Health’s NIAID in 1984 and has served under seven presidents.

When Covid first spread globally from China, he became a reliable source of credible information, constantly reassuring the public with his calm and professorial demeanor in the media.

But his honesty overshadowed America’s failures in the grip of the virus, bringing Fauci into conflict with former President Donald Trump, and turning the physician-scientist into a hated figure for some on the right.

After receiving death threats and harassment from his family, Fauci now lives with security.

But he was compromising his former nemesis Trump in his Politico interview.

“We developed an interesting relationship,” said the Italian-American.

“Two people from New York, different in their opinion and their ideology, but still, two people who grew up in a similar environment to this city. I think we are related in this respect.”

During the 1980s, Fauci became a lightning rod for criticism that the government was not doing enough to stem the rise of HIV-AIDS – but later collaborated closely with activists.

His achievements include implementing a fast-track system that increased access to antiretroviral drugs, and working with former President George H.W. Bush to plow in more resources.

President George W. Under Bush, Fauci was the architect of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is credited with saving millions of lives in sub-Saharan Africa.

As a scientist, he is credited with developing effective treatments for formerly fatal inflammatory diseases, as well as for contributing to the understanding of how HIV destroys the body’s defenses.

Despite his many duties, he continues to treat patients at the NIH’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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