24 December 1940: Birthday of Anthony Fauci, American physician, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Source)

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony S. Fauci attends a coronavirus update briefing Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) – Author: The White House from Washington, DC (Source)

Anthony Stephen Fauci OMRI (/ˈfi/; born December 24, 1940) is an American physician-scientist and immunologist serving as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President.

As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fauci has served the American public health sector in various capacities for more than fifty years and has acted as an advisor to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.[1] He has been director of the NIAID since 1984 and has made contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiency diseases, both as a research scientist and as the head of the NIAID.[2] From 1983 to 2002, Fauci was one of the world’s most frequently-cited scientists across all scientific journals.[2] In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, for his work on the AIDS relief program PEPFAR.[3]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served under President Donald Trump as one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He has frequently received harsh criticism from Trump supporters who believe his contradictions of Trump’s views on the pandemic were intended to politically undermine Trump as he ran for reelection. Some falsely claimed he was involved in creating the virus in a Chinese lab.[4][5][6] After Joe Biden took office, Fauci began serving as one of the lead members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team. Fauci is additionally serving as Biden’s chief medical advisor. (Source)

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