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Dr. Anthony Fauci leaving federal government by December

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced that he will be stepping down from his positions as Director of the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden in December.

Fauci, 81,  has served under seven U.S. Presidents, beginning with Ronald Reagan, and has helped lead the charge in advising the public on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, Ebola, and Zika.

Most recently, Fauci has served as Chief Medical Adviser to former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden with the task of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still ongoing over two years after its initial onset.

While he is stepping down from his multiple advisory positions, Dr. Fauci states that he is not retiring. The doctor plans to take his more than 50 years of experience in government service to advance science, public health, and to mentor the next generation of scientific leaders to best be prepared for future infectious disease threats.

Dr. Fauci released the following statement regarding his upcoming resignation:

“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led the NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges. I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with – and learned from – countless talented and dedicated people in my own laboratory, at NIAID, at NIH and beyond. To them I express my abiding respect and gratitude.

Over the past 38 years as NIAID Director, I have had the enormous privilege of serving under and advising seven Presidents of the United States, beginning with President Ronald Reagan, on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats including HIV/AIDS, West Nile virus, the anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, various bird influenza threats, Ebola and Zika, among others, and, of course, most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. I am particularly proud to have served as the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden since the very first day of his administration.

While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats.

Over the coming months, I will continue to put my full effort, passion and commitment into my current responsibilities, as well as help prepare the Institute for a leadership transition. NIH is served by some of the most talented scientists in the world, and I have no doubt that I am leaving this work in very capable hands.  

Thanks to the power of science and investments in research and innovation, the world has been able to fight deadly diseases and help save lives around the globe. I am proud to have been part of this important work and look forward to helping to continue to do so in the future.” 

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