Dr. Anthony S. Fauci made the announcement on Monday that he would be stepping down from his positions as the top medical adviser to President Biden and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December in order to "pursue the next chapter" of his career. Dr. Fauci has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 38 years.
The announcement that Dr. Fauci would be 81 years old was not completely unexpected. He has been dropping hints for some time now that he was considering quitting from his job. During an interview that took place on Sunday evening, he claimed that he would "not retire in the usual sense," but instead would devote himself to activities such as traveling, writing, and urging younger people to join the government.
In a statement that he released on Monday, Mr. Biden expressed his gratitude to Dr. Fauci, praising him as a committed public servant and a good grasp with wisdom and vision. During the time that Mr. Biden served as vice president, the two worked closely together just to combat the spread of the Zika virus around the world.
Very few researchers have had such a significant impact on public policy over such a lengthy period of time. Dr. Fauci started working at the National Institutes of Health in 1968, which was during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1984, when the AIDS epidemic required attention, he was named director of the infectious disease branch at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Fauci is an authority on navigating the convergence of science and politics and has served as an advisor to seven different presidents since Ronald Reagan. His most recent client was Barack Obama. His work with former President George W. Bush in launching PEPFAR, a global initiative to combat HIV/AIDS that has reportedly saved the lives of approximately 21 million people, is one of the accomplishments of which he is the most proud, according to him. In 1988, during a presidential debate, George H. W. Bush's son, George W. Bush Jr., referred to Dr. Fauci as a "hero," and in 2008, George W. Bush Jr. presented Dr. Fauci with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
However, Dr. Fauci was unable to avoid the politics that occurred during the Trump period, despite the fact that he rose to popularity when the coronavirus began to spread in the year 2020. President Donald J. Trump has publicly pondered dismissing him from his position (though that would have been difficult because Dr. Fauci is not a political appointee). Dr. Fauci was seen by conservatives as a symbol of lockdowns and masks, both of which the conservatives were adamantly opposed to.
In a public statement, Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, accused Dr. Fauci of lying about research that his institute was sponsoring in China, which is the country where the coronavirus was first discovered. It has been speculated that Dr. Fauci might retire in order to avoid the possibility of being investigated by Mr. Paul and other Republicans in the event that Republicans win control of Congress this fall. Mr. Paul and other Republicans have pledged to investigate Dr. Fauci in the event that they do gain control of Congress.
Dr. Fauci called such notion crazy, and he stressed that he has no ambitions to working for the pharmaceutical sector, despite the fact that some of his critics have indicated that he would do so in the future. He stated that once Mr. Trump departed the White House, he gave some thought to departing as well, but ultimately decided against it because he felt he couldn't ignore Mr. Biden's request to remain as his medical advisor in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.
Dr. Fauci has worked for the United States government as a scientist for more than half a century, advising officials on how to deal with a wide range of infectious disease dangers. However, before he became known for his work on the coronavirus, he was most well-known for his research on HIV/AIDS. At the time, he was polarizing because campaigners blamed him of being accountable for the deaths of gay men because he did not move quickly enough to get new treatments approved. He was accused of not moving fast enough to get new treatments approved.
Dr. Fauci was profoundly affected by his time spent caring for AIDS patients during a period in which almost all of them passed away. In a video that was broadcast by National Geographic the previous year, he described how, upon his arrival at the bedside of an AIDS patient, the patient suddenly did not know him since he had lost his vision.
As Dr. Fauci recounted the event, his voice began to crack. The filmmakers were curious as to why, after all these years, it was still something that bothered him. He paused for a while to collect his thoughts and then continued. After another little pause, he continued to describe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You couldn't have put it better yourself!"
In the early stages of the coronavirus epidemic, Dr. Fauci quickly rose to prominence as a well-known figure. His likeness was printed on items such as hoodies, knee socks, and mugs, and a petition to have him named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine gathered more than 28,000 signatures.
When Dr. Fauci was asked in an interview this year why he had become such a divisive figure, he pointed to some of Mr. Trump's aides, whom he said tried to embarrass him by continuing to insist that everything he stated was incorrect. When questioned why he had become such a divisive figure, Dr. Fauci pointed to some of Mr. Trump's aides. He sidestepped explicitly addressing Mr. Trump in any way.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Daily Cable.