On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the world-famous doctor who led the nation’s fight against the COVID pandemic, revealed that he would step down from his post as President Biden’s top health adviser in December.
Fauci said after 212 years as the face of the pandemic response, he would resign as head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and end 50 years of government public health service.
“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, 81, said in a statement.
“I am very proud of our many accomplishments,” Fauci added.
Biden, who wanted Fauci to stay longer, lauded him for helping the country battle COVID even as it has killed more than 1 million Americans and counting.
“He has touched all Americans’ lives with his work,” Biden said.
“The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him,” Biden added.
Fauci had previously left the door open to serving until the end of Biden’s first term at the end of 2024.
“While I am moving on from my current positions, I am not retiring,” he said.
“I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field,” he added.