Fauci has stated that he will not leave his job until COVID-19 is completed,’regardless of what anyone says about me.’
New York Daily News (TNS) contributor Shant Shahrigian
He isn’t leaving.
Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert who has reassured many Americans during the pandemic, says he will not retire until COVID-19 is eliminated.
In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” he said, “I’m the head of an institute that actually played a major role in the development of the vaccines that have saved now millions of lives from COVID-19.”
“I’m the director of an institute that has played a key role in basic research that has led to drugs that are now being used to treat COVID-19.
That’s exactly what I’m capable of.
“So, regardless of what anyone says about me or wants to lie and fabricate crazy fabrications because of political motivations, I’m going to keep doing that until this COVID-19 outbreak is in the rearview mirror,” Fauci, the chief White House medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, concluded.
Fauci’s remarks come as he approaches his 81st birthday.
When asked if passing the baton to someone else would reduce the divisions surrounding the government’s pandemic response, he said no.
“I didn’t start the political schism,” Fauci claimed.
“And that’s the situation we’re in.”
At a time when we’re fighting a virus, we’re dealing with an uncomfortable but real element of political polarization.”
Fauci has led efforts to get Americans to wear masks, practice social distancing, and, for nearly a year, get vaccinated, throughout the pandemic.
He became a lightning rod for right-wing criticism of public safety measures as a result of his actions.
More than half of those polled in a recent Hill-HarrisX poll said he should resign.
On Sunday, Fauci criticized former President Donald Trump’s handling of the outbreak, saying that Trump downplayed the threat and fought safety measures.
“You have a real problem when your leadership denies that something is as serious as it is.”
So it could have gone differently in that regard,” he explained.