Headline RoundupAugust 22nd, 2022

Fauci, Top Infectious Disease Expert, to Retire in December

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday announced that he is stepping down from his role as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in December.

Fauci, 81, was widely credited as the face of the White House's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After overseeing numerous public health outbreaks in his 50 years of government service, Fauci said that he is now ready to "pursue the next chapter" of his career. He previously told Politico (Lean Left bias) that he was planning to retire by the end of President Joe Biden's term. In a statement on Monday, Biden thanked Fauci for his "unwavering" commitment in a statement on Monday, crediting his "unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity."

Fauci's retirement announcement was prominently covered across the spectrum. Some reports emphasized how Fauci was the "subject of partisan attacks" and a political "lightning rod" for right-wing conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other outlets linked Fauci's retirement to "political frustration" and accentuated critics that claimed he used his position to "retaliate against scientists" who disagreed with him.



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