"The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him"
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At the end of this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci will step down from his positions as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as the chief medical officer to President Joe Biden.
This will mark the end of Dr. Fauci's nearly four-decade-long tenure as the nation's foremost infectious disease expert.
Fauci Stepping Down
"I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career," Fauci said.
Fauci, who is now 81 years old, has worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the past 38 years, beginning his tenure there during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan.
In this role, he has assisted in leading the United States' response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as the West Nile virus, the anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, various bird influenza threats, Ebola, and Zika. In the year 2020, he was one of the most publicly recognized faces of the federal government's reaction to the Covid-19 epidemic.
In a statement, Joe Biden lauded Anthony Fauci's contributions to the field of medicine, praising Fauci for his unwavering devotion to the job and his unparalleled passion, vitality, and scientific integrity.
"Because of Dr. Fauci's many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved. As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci's expertise in whatever he does next," Biden said.
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