The US immunologist Anthony Fauci has become a central figure in the fight against the virus in the corona pandemic. He not only advised ex-President Donald Trump, but also his successor Joe Biden. But at the end of the year he is giving up his post as director of the Institute for Infectious Diseases and his job as a presidential adviser. In what was probably his last appearance in front of journalists in the White House, the 81-year-old had an important message for the public.
“Please, for your own safety and that of your family, get the updated Covid-19 vaccine,” Fauci said Tuesday. He also strongly recommended a flu shot. In the corona pandemic, it was particularly painful for him as a doctor when people refrained from vaccination because of ideological differences and thereby endangered the lives of themselves and others. Fauci emphasized on Tuesday that he had always contradicted false information – “what a whole set in motion a series of events in my life”. At the height of the pandemic, Trump supporters clamored for Fauci to be fired, and the immunologist also received death threats. Republicans want to investigate Fauci’s work which is likely to be very politicized. Fauci stressed that he would continue to answer all questions from Parliament.