Fauci to retire before Biden leaves office
The Fauci era may be coming to an end in the foreseeable future.
Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Monday he plans to retire by the end of Biden’s term in office.
- “By the time we get to the end of the Biden administration term, I feel it would be time for me to step down from this position,” Fauci told The Washington Post.
- “We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have COVID anymore,’ then I will be 105,” Fauci told Politico, which first reported on Fauci’s plans. “I think we’re going to be living with this.”
Fauci said the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where he is the director, had “the best people in the country” to carry out his vision.
The Brooklyn-born immunologist has served as director of the NIAID since 1984, most notably working on HIV-AIDS research before becoming a leading health authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, earning both praise and derision from the public and lawmakers.
Fauci has advised seven presidents on public health issues. His working relationship with former President Trump was famously fraught during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Fauci often had to counter unfounded claims made by the president.