In a new interview, Anthony Fauci said he may retire from the position he has held since 1984.
In a podcast that was released on March 18, Fauci, the long-time director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was asked whether he is contemplating retiring or switching to a less-demanding position.
“I certainly am because I’ve got to do it sometime,” Fauci answered.
“I can’t stay at this job forever unless my staff is going to find me slumped over my desk one day. I’d rather not do that,” he continued.
His appointment to his position occurred during the Reagan administration.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had been trying to get support for a bill that would eliminate the NIAID and establish three new institutions in its place. Fauci spoke after Paul failed in trying to get support for the measure.
Kari Donovan of Republic Brief reported:
Six Republican RINOS Senators voted against an amendment Tuesday that would eliminate the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) position, which is held by Dr. Anthony Fauci, protecting him from facing the consequences of a massive public outcry for justice by the American people.
Rand Paul (R-KY), a US Senator and Physician himself, has been boldly outspoken about Fauci’s performance while at the agency- led an amendment to replace the NIAID with three separate national research institutes.
RINOS showed up in force and voted to protect Fauci, and the established order in Washington DC, where the elite never has to be influenced by what the public needs or wants.
Each of them have a long string of votes which betray their Republican base.
Republican Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Jerry Moran of Kansas each voted against the amendment.
A number of times during hearings before the Congress, Paul clashed with Fauci, saying he has become a “dictator-in-chief.”
“No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans,” explained Paul, a doctor, also.
Requests for comments on the measure have not been answered by Fauci or his agency.
The physician is accused of misrepresenting his agency’s funding for the China lab where the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded, of supporting harsh measures during the pandemic, and of lying about the effectiveness of masks during the crisis because of worries there would not be enough for the health care workers.
In preparing for an investigation Republicans have promised into the COVID-19 response, Fauci has called Paul partisan whose accusations aren’t based in fact.
In the new interview, Fauci is asked whether he will leave his post soon, noting that besides Dr. Francis Collins, who is stepping down as the director of the National Institutes of Health in late 2021, Jeffrey Zients is exiting as the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator.
“I have said that I would stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the pandemic phase, and I think we might be there already,” Fauci answered. “If we can stay in this, then we’re at a point where I feel that we’ve done well by this but I don’t have any plans right now to go anywhere, but you never know.”
Additionally, the doctor said that outside of health, he doesn’t have many interests.
“I, unfortunately, am somewhat of a unidimensional physician-scientist-public health person. When I do decide I’m going to step down—whenever that is—I’m going to have to figure out what I’m going to do. I’d love to spend more time with my wife and family, that would be nice.”
After a dramatic drop in infection rates following the omicron variant’s rapid spread across the country, Fauci today warned that COVID-19 rates may rise within the coming weeks in the United States.
“I would not be surprised if in the next few weeks we see somewhat of either a flattening of our diminution or maybe even an increase,” Fauci explained on the “Start Here” podcast on ABC News.
“Whether or not that is going to lead to another surge, a mini-surge or maybe even a moderate surge, is very unclear because there are a lot of other things that are going on right now,” he continued.
Recently, the number of new cases has fallen dramatically across the country, with just over 30,000 new cases on average over the last two months.
Fauci’s forecast is based on data from the United Kingdom, where cases have been on the rise, but “their intensive care bed usage is not going up, which means they’re not seeing a blip up of severe disease,” Fauci explained.
Cases of the BA.2 variant have increased in the U.S., and Fauci predicted on the podcast that it will eventually overtake the omicron in the near future.
Following a two-year period of pandemic policies such as masking and social isolation, the U.S. is now easing COVID-19 restrictions.
In all fifty states, the requirement for masks indoors has been dropped. This is after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that most areas in the U.S. do not require them.