Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Officer to the President of the United States, said he will retire by the end of President Biden’s term, according to a new report published Monday.
Politico reported Monday that Fauci said he will retire by the end of Biden’s term following more than five decades of federal service under seven different presidential administrations.
The 81-year-old has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, Reuters reported. He became the face of the American government’s policies regarding efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Fox News Digital reached out to the NIAID for added comment Monday.
Fauci has worked for over 50 years in the American public health sector, advising every president since Reagan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci was a leading figure on both Trump and Biden’s coronavirus response teams.
Fauci was a regular guest on cable news, primetime television, late-night shows and podcasts offering his medical advice throughout the pandemic.
Over time, he became a politically divisive figure on the left and right regarding issues such as masks and lockdown policies.
Famously, he sparred with Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in committee hearings over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and whether his department within the National Institute of Health funded gain-of-function research.
In his new interview with Politico at his office on the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda, Maryland, Fauci admitted that the country – and the world – will be living with coronavirus for quite some time.
“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this,” he said, saying the goal would be to get to a once-a-year COVID-19 vaccination, like the flu, while recognizing that efforts so far have been stymied by the emergence of new variants sometimes becoming dominant in a matter of weeks…. (Read more)