Goodbye Fauci?

By Spencer Brown, Townhall

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the U.S. response to COVID-19 and a leading reason for waning trust in public health officials among Americans, will now apparently resign his post as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases (NIAID) in December.

The timing for Fauci’s departure from official duties is awfully convenient after Republicans pledged to hold the Biden administration and public health officials for the decisions that led up to the COVID-19 pandemic — including U.S. funding and involvement in gain of function research — and how the government responded to the virus.

Fauci, now 81, has been employed at taxpayer expense for more than 50 years since he started at the National Institutes of Health at the age of 27 in 1968.

In a statement posted Monday morning on the NIAID website, Fauci explained his decision:

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.

And while Fauci will no longer be issuing medical advice and guidance as a federal official, he’s not planning on fading into the background, as his statement continues:

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. 

The timing of Fauci’s departure from federal office — one that was teased and then somewhat rescinded earlier this summer — shouldn’t be discounted. In January, Republicans are expected to take the majority in at least the House of Representatives, at which point they will have oversight power once again to probe the activities of the Biden administration vis a vis a number of issues on Americans’ minds — including how the pandemic was handled.

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One response to “Goodbye Fauci?”

  1. Sandra L Martin Avatar
    Sandra L Martin

    It is his idea to excuse himself, not mine. I don’t necessarily want him fired. What I wanted was for him to change his course, be honest, turn from his ineffective advice and policies, listen to other medical professionals and come up with a comprehensive plan that allows people to make informed choices, as is their right, and remain from from political partisanship. Medicine should never have become politicized, and politicians should never practice medicine. However, if he decides to go, that does not excuse him from his crimes. He can and still should be prosecuted for what he did to cause so much destruction to the American people. If Trump could be impeached after leaving the WH, so can anyone else named Tony.

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