WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Anthony Fauci will no longer work in the federal government for the first time in 54 years, starting this December.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and top medical advisor to President Joe Biden, announced his departure on Monday. He is facing the strong possibility of Congressional investigations into his role in the origins and outbreak of COVID-19 and the possible suppression of information on vaccines, should Republicans retake the U.S. House of Representatives or the Senate in November. Republican leaders said this week that Fauci’s retirement will not stop their investigations.
“After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field,” Fauci stated. “I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director 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 future infectious disease threats.”
Fauci gained national prominence in 2020 after President Donald Trump picked him to lead the COVID response. For the past two and a half years he has used his position to increase his fame, regularly appearing on TV shows and being on the cover of InStyle.
That period has also been marked by controversy, as Fauci regularly flip-flopped and misled the public, while working to suppress public debate on vaccines, masks, early treatments and the effectiveness of lockdowns.
Fauci colluded with now-retired National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins to dismiss the signers of the Great Barrington Declaration, who argued for safety measures to protect the elderly and others most likely to have adverse reactions to COVID while otherwise keeping the country open.
“There needs to be a quick and devastating published take down of its premises,” Collins wrote to Fauci on October 8, 2020. Fauci replied there was one underway.
His guidance was used as the justification for states to force students into remote learning and mandating masks, while his assertion that the COVID vaccine would prevent transmission led to jab mandates that forced people out of jobs.
Fauci funneled millions to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, believed to be potentially behind the creation of COVID, for dangerous gain-of-function research. He then denied it multiple times under questioning by Senator Rand Paul.
He flip-flopped on whether or not people should wear masks, later saying they should, even though their value remains highly questionable. The NIAID director also suppressed information on cheap, early COVID treatments like hydroxychloroquine.
“If I knew in 2020 what I know now, we would do a lot differently,” Fauci told The Hill. “The insidious nature of spread in the community would have been much more of an alarm, and there would have been much, much more stringent restrictions in the sense of very, very heavy encouragement of people to wear masks, physical distancing, what have you.”
But others disagreed. “The history of this [the government’s COVID response] will be wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction,” Senator Paul correctly predicted in May 2020.