The nation’s top infectious disease expert has told CNN that he likely will retire at the end of President Joe Biden’s term.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, is Biden’s chief medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Fauci became a household name throughoutout the COVID-19 pandemic that started here in March 2020.
Biden’s term ends in January 2025.
CNN reported that Fauci does not have a retirement date in mind and has not started the process to retire.
Fauci told CNN, “I have said that for a long time. By the time we get to the end of Biden’s first term, I will very likely (retire).”
Politico published an interview with Fauci today in which he said he won’t wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to be over. “We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this.”
In an interview with CNN’s “At This Hour,” Fauci said he was not announcing his retirement. He said it is just “extremely unlikely in fact, for sure, that I am not going to be here beyond January 2025.”
Fauci has served in his position more than 50 years under seven presidents.
Although he is at an “advanced age,” he told CNN, “Obviously, you can’t go on forever. I do want to do other things in my career, even though I’m at a rather advanced age. I have the energy and the passion to continue to want to pursue other aspects of my professional career and I’m going to do that some time. I’m not exactly sure when, but I don’t see myself being in this job to the point where I can’t do anything else after that.”
In June of this year, Fauci had tested positive for COVID-19 but said he had minor symptoms. In May, he spoke to Princeton graduates saying COVID-19 “left an indelible mark.”
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