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Controversial COVID figure Fauci announces his retirement

Controversial COVID figure Fauci announces his retirement


Controversial COVID figure Fauci announces his retirement

WASHINGTON — One of the most controversial figures who gained prominence during the COVID pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has announced his retirement.

Fauci announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than five decades of service.

Fauci, who serves as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation.

Fauci became the face of the government response to COVID-19 as it hit in early 2020, with frequent appearances on television news and at daily press conferences with White House officials, including then-President Donald Trump. But as the pandemic dragged on, Fauci fell out of favor with many in America because of his insistence on such things as continued social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.

In his retirement announcement on Monday, Fauci declared that he wants to "inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats.”