Saturday, October 1

US chief epidemiologist Anthony Fauci announces he will step down in December

The chief epidemiologist of the United States and the visible face of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony Fauci, announced this Monday that he will leave his post in December with the intention of taking advantage of what he has learned to continue contributing to the advancement of the science and public health. “Although I am leaving my current position, I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career when I still have as much energy and passion for my field,” the 81-year-old immunology physician said in a statement.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, Fauci has become the most popular face of the health emergency in the United States, even confronting former President Donald Trump and his disinformation at a time when it was unknown how the coronavirus acted or what effectiveness could have the different treatments then experimental. “I don’t like being in a situation where I have to contradict the president at all, and I didn’t really feel like I could say anything and there wouldn’t be any kind of backlash,” the expert said in an interview for the New York Times in January. of 2021.

The doctor is an eminence when it comes to immunology and has not only worked to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but has also contributed to the fight against AIDS, Zika, Ebola, SARS and other infectious diseases. However, despite his experience and his calm way of offering statements at a difficult moment on the international scene, Fauci also had to defend himself against false accusations, such as that of the Republican Senator Rand Paul, who accused him of being to blame for the country’s epidemiological situation: “You have said that I am not willing to take any responsibility for the current pandemic and that is because I have no responsibility,” the epidemiologist assured at the end of 2021.

Regarding his time with the current Democratic president, Joe Biden, in his farewell note the American doctor says that he is “especially proud to have worked as chief medical adviser” to Biden “from the first day of his Government.” For his part, the US president has expressed his “deep gratitude” for having made the country “stronger, more resilient” and in “better health”.