dr Anthony Fauci announced his resignation yesterday, Monday (August 22nd): In December he will vacate his current positions at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is also stepping down as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. The Republicans assume that in this way he wants to avoid investigations against himself in the context of the Gain of Function research he sponsored in Wuhan. However, he will not be able to escape this, announced Senator Rand Paul, among others.
Literally said Fauci on Monday: “I announce today that I will be stepping down from the positions of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and head of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, and from the position of chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden. I will leave these positions in December this year to pursue the next chapter of my career.” Exactly what the 81-year-old’s future “career” will look like remains to be seen – Fauci merely stated that he intends to remain dedicated to science and public health and to serve as a “mentor” for the next generation of scientific leaders. He held the post of NIAID Director for 38 years.
While Fauci was uncritically hyped by the German mainstream, some American journalists see him and his “work” farther away more skeptical. As commented Karol Markowicz, columnist for the New York Post:
“His handling of COVID should be studied going forward as a blueprint for what not to do. More than anything, Fauci has politicized a health crisis and people have died because of him. That should be the lasting memory we all have of him. He was terrible at his job and the media loved him.”
Resign to avoid investigation?
Conservatives suggest Fauci resigned ahead of the midterm elections and some likely Republican victories in the House of Representatives to avoid possible investigations against him. In fact, Fauci has lied time and time again about the US-funded Gain of Function research at the Wuhan lab.
Some Republicans – including Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) – have already announced that Fauci’s resignation will not prevent them from investigating. Paul said opposite Fox News: “Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full investigation into the origins of the pandemic.” Other Republicans, such as Jim Banks, point out that he must be held accountable so that no one in his position ever again abuses public trust in this way.
Andy Biggs (Arizona) called Fauci a coward and denounced his “convenient resignation” in December, timely “before House Republicans have a chance to hold him accountable for the destruction of our country over the past three years.”