Fauci plans to step down in December after half a century in government

Fauci to step down in December after decades of public service

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who played a critical role in steering humanity through the two pandemics of our time, AIDS and COVID-19

Fauci, 81, has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.

Fauci's actions during the AIDS epidemic helped marshal a scientific and government response that saved millions of lives.

He added: "The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him."

He added: "His commitment to the work is unwavering, and he does it with an unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity."