Dr. Anthony Fauci is the leading White House health advisor on the pandemic.
Fauci is a physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.
He was one of the leading researchers during the AIDS/HIV epidemic and the Ebola crisis.
Dr. Fauci is also the most trusted voice in America on the current pandemic, despite recent attempts by the White House to attack him.
A leading group of infectious disease specialists called the White House's recent efforts to discredit the nation’s top infectious disease expert “disturbing”, while four former heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chastised U.S. leaders they say are politicizing the country’s Covid-19 response.
Reports of the Trump administration’s campaign to discredit and diminish the role of White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading voices in the country’s response to the coronavirus, “at this perilous moment are disturbing,” Thomas M. File Jr., president of the Infectious Disease Society of America, said in a statement issued Tuesday.
“The only way out of this pandemic is by following the science, and developing evidence-based prevention practices and treatment protocols as new scientifically rigorous data become available. Knowledge changes over time. That is to be expected,” File said in his statement in support of Fauci on Tuesday.
“The undermining of science – and the unprecedented attacks on scientists and public health officials – risk lives in every corner of our country,” said Dr. Howard Bauchner, the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA.
Separately, past directors of the CDC also criticized the Trump administration's lack of leadership for dismissing advice from public health officials.