Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced that he will finally retire from his roles of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden this December, just before the next Congress starts in January.
Republicans have been warning that they plan to investigate Fauci on a number of issues following the highly-likely scenario that the GOP wins the majority in the House and Senate after the November midterm elections.
However, by leaving in December, Fauci will have left federal service, after more than four decades, just before the 118th Congress begins on Jan. 3, 2023.
Fauci said: “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.
“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.
“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 am particularly proud to have served as the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden since the very first day of his administration.
“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,” Fauci said.
After four decades of service, Dr. Fauci announces he is leaving government “to pursue the next chapter of my career.” pic.twitter.com/zDQrmXHW3T
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Biden issued a statement of praise in response to the announcement.
“His commitment to the work is unwavering, and he does it with an unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity,” Biden said of Fauci.
“As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next.
“The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said:
“When I arrived at HHS, the world was one year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I quickly came to rely on Dr. Fauci’s wisdom and counsel in our response, and along with his scientific acumen, I treasure his ability to break down complex science in simple terms to the American people to save lives.”
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