Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he plans to stay in his post during the next president’s term, no matter who is elected.
Dr. Fauci is a physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He was recently on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith,” speaking about the upcoming election and coronavirus.
When asked by Shepard Smith whether he would commit to staying on in his position as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the next four years, Fauci said: “Absolutely.”
“I’m not going to walk away from this outbreak no matter who’s the president,” Fauci said.
“I’m not going to walk away from this outbreak no matter who’s the president,” Dr. Fauci says. pic.twitter.com/bZGUF9F1Yd
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) October 12, 2020
President Trump and Dr. Fauci have had some disagreements over the COVID pandemic and how the government should react to it. Democrats including presidential nominee Joe Biden agree with Dr. Fauci’s most authoritarian prescriptions, while Republicans including President Trump believe in a more measured approach that won’t have drastic consequences for the economy and for freedom in the United States.
Fauci recently stated that masks and social distancing are going to be here to stay until at least 2022.
“I feel very strongly that we’re going to need to have some degree of public health measures to continue,” he said.
“It’s not going to be the way it was with polio and measles, where you get a vaccine, case closed, it’s done. It’s going to be public health measures that linger for months and months,” Fauci continued.