Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief Covid-19 adviser, offered Americans one final warning as he prepares to leave government, ending a tumultuous turn in the national spotlight that earned him enduring affection from some and unrelenting hostility from others.
“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,” Fauci said.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert came to the White House podium for what was billed as the final time after more than 100 briefings that made him the public face of the government’s pandemic response through two presidential administrations. Fauci, who turns 82 next month and has led the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 38 years, gave no hint of what comes next, but promised to cooperate with House Republicans who have pledged to probe his role in the Covid response.
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