Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has announced that he is stepping down as an adviser to President Joe Biden.
Fauci, director of the US Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also heads the nation’s NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation.
On Monday, he announced to leave those two positions, Reuters reported in a report.
Fauci is stepping down from those positions in December. Through which his government service life of more than half a century is about to end.
Fauci has served as director of NIAID since 1984. He is now 81 years old.
In 2020, when the world was gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, he became the spokesperson of the United States in the fight against the disease.
“While I am stepping down from my current positions, it is not that I am retiring,” Fauci said in announcing his resignation Monday.
“After more than fifty years in government service, I plan to move on to the next phase of my career. As, I still have enough energy in my body and I still love the field I work in.”
Fauci has served under seven US presidents. Started with Ronald Reagan. In a long career, he has seen new outbreaks and resurgences of several deadly infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola and the Zika virus.
Fauci, however, said in an interview with Reuters last month that he plans to retire after President Biden’s first term ends.
But before that, the infectious disease specialist announced his retirement.
“He is stepping down from the United States government,” Biden said in a statement after Fauci’s resignation was announced. But whatever he does next, I know the American people and the world will benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise and experience.
“America is stronger, more stable and healthier because of it.”
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