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Fauci plans to retire by end of US President Biden’s term – SABC News

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, has confirmed he will retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s first term, but it could be much sooner than that, the infectious disease expert told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

“I haven’t made an announcement about my retirement, but it could happen anywhere between now and then,” Fauci said in a phone interview. “Still do not know.”

Fauci, 81, told Reuters in late November 2021 that he was “not even considering” retirement.

He has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, and in 2020 became the face of the US government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

When he leaves public service, Fauci said he has no plans to retire completely.

“I will continue to work because I still have a lot of energy and passion for public health and global public health.”

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As for the ongoing monkeypox outbreak, Fauci said “there is a risk” the virus could become endemic in the United States, meaning it will continue to spread without being eradicated.

“This is why we have to act quickly,” he said.

In addition to people who have already been exposed to the virus, Fauci said vaccines should be given to people who are at risk of infection, such as those taking an HIV prevention therapy called PrEP.

“We want to get much broader vaccine coverage for pre-exposure prophylaxis as well as post-exposure prophylaxis,” Fauci said.

The US government is working to increase access to these vaccines, which are in short supply, complicating the efforts of already underfunded sexual health clinics to respond to the epidemic.

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