Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 — and led federal health policy during the COVID-19 pandemic — told Politico on Monday that he plans to retire at the end of President Joe Biden’s first term.
Fauci has been at the heart of most controversies regarding government policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic — under both the Trump and Biden administrations. Everything from school closures, to masks and vaccinations.
“We’re in a pattern now,” he told Politico. “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,”
With signs that mask mandates may once again be on the horizon — in at least some Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles — the coronavirus pandemic will seemingly never be over for some.
As pandemic policies are coming to fruition, many Republicans have continued to call on Fauci to be fired for his ineptitude.
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Kentucky Sen. Ron Paul (R-KY) repeatedly questioned Fauci last year during Congressional hearings on NIAID’s role in gain-of-function research.
Fauci says he is expecting to be attacked repeatedly if Republicans take back Congress after the midterm elections, but added that such attacks have not factored into his decision-making.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” he proclaimed.
If called to testify Fauci said he would emphasize vaccines and boosters while arguing that fully defeating the virus is impossible.
Republicans who investigate him after the midterms can’t “say anything about the science. If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest,” Facui added. “My telling somebody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices … what are you going to investigate about that?”
Whether or not there will be an investigation into Fauci’s actions during the pandemic, remains to be seen. But his legacy will likely be a controversial one after nearly five decades of working for presidents ranging from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden — he now finds his legacy politicized and virtually in ruins.
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