Face of the COVID-19 era and regular source of controversy, Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he was stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), head of the immunoregulation laboratory of the NIAID, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden.
In a statement, Fauci said he would step down from the roles in December “to pursue the next chapter of my career.”
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges,” he said. “I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with – and learned from countless talented and dedicated people in my own lab, at NIAID, NIH and beyond. I express to them my unwavering respect and gratitude.
Fauci served as director of NIAID for 38 years in multiple jurisdictions. He came into the limelight in 2020 when he became a leading voice in the COVID-19 response and later one of former President Donald Trump’s leading critics.
“Although I am leaving my current positions, I am not retiring,” he said. “After more than 50 years of government service, I intend to pursue the next stage of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as director of NIAID to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face the future infectious disease threats.
Although Fauci has said he is not retiring, a recent analysis by Open the Books found that the first year of Fauci’s retirement pension will be more than $414,000 a year, more than the salary of the President.