Changes are coming to the White House in 2023. Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced that he will step down from his role as the chief medical adviser to the President and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December.
“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,” Fauci stated.
“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.”
At 81 years old, it is unclear what Fauci plans to do next with his career. Simply, he said that he would like to “pursue the next chapter” of his career.
Fauci has worked as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. During his time in this position, he has steered the country’s responses to a number of different medical threats, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and the bird flu. Most recently, he assisted the Biden and Trump administrations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“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. Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work,” President Joe Biden said.
“I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.”