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Fauci, face of US battle against COVID-19, tests positive

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Fauci, face of US battle against COVID-19, tests positive

ANTHONY FAUCI. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, answers questions during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the federal response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and new emerging variants at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., USA on January 11, 2022.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to US President Joe Biden, is experiencing mild symptoms, a statement from the National Institutes of Health says

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public health official who became the face of US government efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, June 15, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement.

Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, was experiencing mild symptoms, the NIH said in a statement. He has not recently been in close contact with Biden, it said.

The NIH said Fauci, 81, was fully vaccinated and twice boosted, and will self-isolate and continue to work from home.

The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci became a popular and trusted figure during the pandemic when he served on the White House coronavirus task force under President Donald Trump.

He subsequently came under criticism from the former president and some of his Republican allies as Fauci cautioned against reopening the US economy too soon, and was vilified by those opposed to COVID-19 vaccine and masking mandates.

Trump became increasingly critical of government health officials and their guidance as a rise in infections threatened the easing of shutdown restrictions across the country in the months before the November 2020 presidential election, which he lost to Biden. – Rappler.com