Fauci holds final briefing before leaving government

Published date23 November 2022
Publication titleIsrael National News (Israel)
Fauci announced in August that he will retire from his job as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and as President Biden's chief medical adviser in December. He said at the time that he will leave his posts to "pursue the next chapter" of his career

Introducing Fauci at the podium "one more time" on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the country is "stronger and healthier because of his leadership."

In his remarks, Fauci made a final pitch in a long effort to explain to Americans the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

"My message -- and my final message, maybe the final message I give you from this podium -- is that please for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated COVID-19 shot as soon as you're eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community," he said.

Asked by ABC News' Karen Travers how he wants people to remember his service in government, Fauci said he'd leave it to others to judge but that he "gave it all I got for decades."

"I think what I've accomplished in my 54 years at the NIH and my 38 years as the director of NIAID, although COVID is really really very important, it is a fragment of the total 40 years that I've been...

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