Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Fauci was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984, was the most trusted voice on the COVID Task Force, and will be Chief Medical Advisor to the President in the Biden Administration.
Dr. Fauci has advised six presidents on HIV/AIDS and other domestic and global health issues.
He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world, for which he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
As a researcher, Dr. Fauci made foundational contributions to the understanding of how HIV destroys the body’s defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections. Further, he has been instrumental in developing treatments that enable people with HIV to live long and active lives.
Fauci oversees an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, and emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2020 is an estimated $5.9 billion.
Born in Brooklyn, to immigrant parents, Fauci attended Jesuit College of the Holy Cross and then Cornell Medical College. He married nurse and bioethicist, Christine Grady, who now serves as chief of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. They have three adult daughters. Dr. Fauci has consistently been seen as the most trustworthy voice on the COVID pandemic by the public, with support across the political spectrum. Brad Pitt’s Saturday Night Live performance as Dr. Fauci willing to stand up for the truth during COVID was nominated for an Emmy.
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