Thank You, Dr. Fauci, for Everything You’ve Done — So Far!

Thank You, Dr. Fauci, for Everything You've Done — So Far!

Fauci talks about leaving the National Institutes of Health after 54 years, his mentor, his best days at work, and what he hopes to do next.

Dr. Fauci was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008, long before COVID-19 made him the most trusted physician in America, for his work on the AIDS relief initiative President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In the 14 years afterward, Dr. Fauci has become an icon. There may never be another physician in our lifetime or beyond who has made such an indelible stamp on American history.

This is neither exaggeration or exaltation; it is just a truth. Dr. Fauci was courageous in his management of explaining the science and essentials of COVID-19 to the American public during the epidemic. He is one of the few people who has fought Donald Trump and came out on top. Do you have any other suggestions?

And can you think of anyone else who has the skill, intelligence, and desire to pull it off? No offense to Dr. Deborah Birx, but her association with Trump contaminated her as well.

While COVID helped Fauci become an unstoppable force, it is his work on HIV and AIDS over the last 40 years that has meant the most to him and our community. Many people were grieved when he announced his resignation from the federal government earlier this year, especially those of us in the LGBTQ+ community who have been afflicted by HIV and AIDS.

Fauci stated that he will miss overseeing “an exciting institute” with a $6.3 billion budget and the privilege of leading a team of thousands of individuals worldwide. “I’m going to miss all of my colleagues, including the hundreds of research collaborators I contact with on a weekly basis, many of whom I chose and trained,” he added.

According to Fauci, his happiest days at work coincide with his biggest achievements. “There were four primary levels of success. First, as an unnoticed scientist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I produced effective medicines for hitherto deadly and uncommon inflammatory and immune-mediated disorders. The illness was 90 percent deadly before to the treatments, and with the therapies, we turned it around to 93 percent remissions, which was a significant accomplishment at the time.”

According to Fauci, the next watershed moment happened on January 28, 2003, when President George W. Bush approved his proposal for PEPFAR and highlighted it in his State of the Union address that day.

In July 2021, it was also his institute’s first success with a COVID vaccination.

Finally, when asked who has had the largest influence on his life, Fauci quickly cited his wife, Christine. “She has been my anchor during a highly stressful work life and has always been there to comfort me during all the chaotic and frantic moments. She’s been very encouraging to me and my work, and I’m excited about our new future together.”

 

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