"I can’t stay at this job forever,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, told reporters on Saturday, hinting at retirement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which he has directed since 1984. “I have said that I would stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the pandemic phase, and I think we might be there already,” explained Fauci. By the next day, the NIAID boss was thinking along different lines.
“I’m not so sure, George,” Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week.” “I want to make sure we’re really out of this before I really seriously consider doing anything different. We’re still in this.” While Fauci ponders his options, embattled Americans might consider the context.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently introduced an amendment to restructure NIAID and eliminate Fauci’s job. “We’ve learned a lot over the past two years,” Paul said, “but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator in chief.’ No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”
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