(Washington DC) – The longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which has become the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, Dr Anthony Fawcett indicated on Friday that he was considering resigning.
Fawcett, who was nominated by President Joe Biden as the chief medical adviser to the administration, commented on the dramatically reduced COVID illness and death as the epidemic appears to be finally declining significantly.
“I’ve said we’ll stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the epidemic, and I think we can already be there,” the country’s top immunologist said in Friday’s ABC News podcast Start Here episode.
“If we can stay in it, we’re at a point where I feel like we’re done, but I have no plans to leave right now, but you never know,” he continued.
When asked by ABC’s Brad Mill if he thought about retiring, Fawcett admitted he was.
“I have to, because I have to do it sometimes. I can’t stay in this job forever. Unless my staff is going to find me slumed at my desk one day. I’d rather not do it,” he added.
The Washington Examiner added:
At 81, Fawcett has worked as a public health expert in various capacities for over 50 years and has advised every president since Ronald Reagan. He is currently the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and has been a public fixer since the outbreak began more than two years ago. A
Not to mention when his time at the White House and as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will end, Fawcett only hinted at his retirement. However, his comments came shortly after Biden’s announcement that his COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Giants, was the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. Ashish will resign next month to be replaced by Jha.
Fawcett has garnered both praise and criticism in the face of the county’s epidemic response, followed by a majority of Republicans. In fact, Fawcett has expressed concern about what could happen if the GOP regains control of Congress after mid-November.
“This is Benghazi’s hearing again,” he told the Washington Post this week, noting that several GOP lawmakers have promised an investigative hearing at Fawcett’s agency, which reportedly funded risky research at a Chinese lab in Wuhan where some believe COVID-19 was created. Happened and then somehow escaped.
“They will try to beat me in public, and there will be nothing,” Fawcett predicted.
“But it will distract me from doing my job, the way it is doing now,” Fawcett said. He claims that the current GOP effort is “taking away from our efforts to fight this outbreak.”
Claiming that the Republicans’ “distortion of reality is staggering,” he said lawmakers in his organization were “probably spending 40, 50 percent of their time” responding to information requests.
“It’s just an overwhelming burden, asking for information driven by the conspiracy,” Fawcett said.
One Republican who has often quarreled with Fauci and believes he should be charged with criminal offense is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a physician himself who is convinced that the NIAID chief lied to Congress about his agency’s research funding.
Last week, Paul introduced legislation that would completely remove Faussie’s position and spread it among three new directors as a way to distribute power.
In addition to Paul, Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has promised to investigate Fawcett and his agency.
“If the American people hold us accountable again, we’re going to do it,” Jordan told Fox News, even as he promised to go down the cove.
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