Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing
Prominent Dr. Anthony Fauci, US President Joe Biden's top adviser on COVID-19 and who had become the face of the fight against the pandemic in the United States, announced Monday at 81 that he would be leaving his duties in December.
He also announced that he would be retiring on that date as director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which he had occupied for 38 years, while specifying that it was not yet a question of retirement for him.
I plan to pursue the next phase of my career with whatever energy and passion I have left for my field,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Fauci has served under seven different US presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan.
It's been the honor of my life to lead NIAID, he wrote, listing the crises I've been through: AIDS epidemic, Ebola, Zika…
In 2020, this doctor by training, already famous in the world of infectiology and the fight against AIDS but then still little known to the general public, was thrown into the limelight by joining the presidential cell on the coronavirus, when Donald Trump was in power.
His simple messages, tirelessly repeated, made him the reassuring figure that America needed.
But he who had always been careful to stay away from politics has gradually become the bane of the conservatives, and the favorite target of anti-vaccines, in a context of very strong politicization of the health crisis in the United States.
During a Senate hearing, Mr. Fauci accused a Republican elected official of encouraging people who utter m death threats against him.