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Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Fauci to Step Down in December to Pursue His “Next Chapter”

Dr. Fauci announced on Monday (August 22) that he intended to leave government service in December to “pursue the next chapter” of his career, and that he would step down as President Biden’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he has led for 38 years.

However, he said he was “not retiring in the classic sense” but would devote himself to traveling, writing and encouraging young people to enter government service.

“So long as I’m healthy, which I am, and I’m energetic, which I am, and I’m passionate, which I am, I want to do some things outside of the realm of the federal government,” Dr. Fauci said in the interview.

He made it clear that he wants to “hopefully inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats.”

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