(JustPatriots.com)- When President Joe Biden’s term in the White House ends, so, too, will the public service of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fauci has been a part of the National Institute of Health for more than 50 years and has spent almost the last 40 years as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While he has advised many presidents over his career, he was thrust into the public spotlight during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Fauci, who is 81 years old, was a very public part of former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response team, and he was often leaned on as the U.S. public health expert. He has remained in a prominent position as Biden’s chief medical adviser.
But, recently, he told Politico that he has plans to retire. As part of his comments to Politico, he was asked whether he believed he had an obligation to remain in an active advisory role as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on. He responded:
“We’re in a pattern now. 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.”
In other words, the president’s chief medical adviser doesn’t believe that COVID-19 is going anywhere, even as more and more people are getting infected and more and more people are getting vaccinated against the deadly virus.
In his interview with Politico, Fauci said he expects to be the target of Republican-led investigations if the GOP is able to re-take control of either chamber of Congress following November’s midterm elections. Specifically, he believes the guidance he gave at the pandemic’s height could be the source of potential investigations.
Some of that guidance revolved around vaccinations, local lockdowns and mask mandates. In referring to these potential investigations and his retirement plans, Fauci said:
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job. I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
Speaking directly to the potential investigations, Fauci said:
“I don’t think they can say anything about the science. … If that’s what you want to investigate, be my guest. My telling anybody that it’s important to follow fundamental good public health practices, what are you going to investigate about that?”
Ultimately, Fauci told Politico that he hopes that people will remember him for the work he did during the 1980s during the HIV/AIDS outbreak and not for the role he played in responding to the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the controversy and divisiveness that’s arisen in the U.S. during the pandemic, Fauci still said he has plenty of confidence in the future abilities of the agency that he leads. He said:
“I don’t think there is anything else that I, Tony Fauci, can do except leave behind an institution where I have picked the best people in the country, if not the world, who will continue my vision. I don’t need to be there for HIV, because we have enough good people that could carry it on.”