Anthony Fauci—President Biden’s chief medical adviser and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—will retire from his government positions this December.
The 81-year-old infectious disease expert has worked at the National Institutes of Health since 1968, holding the position of director of the NIAID for nearly four decades, since 1984. In that time, he has advised seven presidents, beginning with Ronald Reagan. He played a crucial role in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, notably as a key architect behind PEPFAR, the global AIDS response program begun by President George W. Bush that is estimated to have saved 21 million lives and prevented millions of HIV infections.
Fauci had noted for some time that he soon planned to step down from his positions, citing his long tenure at the NIH, his age, and his interest in other pursuits. “Obviously, you can’t go on forever,” Fauci told CNN in July. “I do want to do other things in my career, even though I’m at a rather advanced age.”
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