Fauci plans to step down in December after half a century in government

Anthony S. Fauci was the nation's foremost infectious-disease expert. He endured a lot of political criticisms as

the face for the coronavirus pandemic response. However, he announced Monday that he will be stepping down in December.

Since 1984, Fauci, now 81, has been the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' chief.

Fauci, 81, was a 27-year old doctor who had just completed his medical residency. 

He quickly became a rising star at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Since the beginning of his presidency, Fauci was also President Biden’s chief medical advisor.

Fauci's time as director at the infectious-diseases institution made him an advisor to seven presidents.

He was also on the frontlines of every modern-day scourge including AIDS and the 2001 anthrax scares.

Fauci was the agency's director for nearly forty years. 

 It grew from an obscure institute with a $350m annual budget to a global powerhouse with a $6 billion budget.

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