dr Anthony Fauci, the face of the nation’s pandemic health response, will likely retire toward the end of President Joe Biden’s current term. in office, according to multiple reports.
The government’s top infectious disease expert, who became a household name during the COVID-19 pandemic, did not give an exact retirement date Monday during an interview from his office on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda. , Md.
“If someone says, ‘You’re going to leave when we don’t have COVID anymore,’ then I’ll be 105 years old,” said Fauci, Biden’s top medical adviser. political. “I think we’re going to live with this.”
Fauci, 81, has served for more than five decades under seven presidents. He told the outlet that he wants to help “repair national ties that the pandemic has shattered and crush partisan polarization.” that has turned him, and science itself, into a lightning rod.”
He said he is prepared for attacks that could come from the House or Senate if Republicans take power in the November midterm elections.
Fauci told CNN’s “At This Hour” on Monday that his comments were interpreted as an announcement of retirement, but he meant only “that it’s extremely unlikely, in fact, for sure, that I’m not going to be here beyond January.” of 2025″.
When asked if the pandemic affected his thoughts of retiring, he said: “Not at all.”
“I want to do other things in my career, even though I’m pretty advanced in age,” Fauci told CNN. “I have the energy and passion to continue to want to pursue other aspects of my career, and I will at some point. I’m not exactly sure when, but I don’t see myself in this job to the point where I can’t do anything.” more after that.”
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