The controversial COVID doc eyes the exit.
According to a report from Politico, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, will retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s term; Fauci is 81 years old.
From Fox News:
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.
In his interview with Politico, Fauci admits that COVID will likely be around for a long 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, adding “What we have right now, I think we’re almost at a steady state.”
Fauci also spoke about the GOP’s plans to investigate him if the House flips after midterms.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci said. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
“I don’t think they can say anything about the science,” he added. “If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest. My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices – what are you going to investigate about that?”
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