Fauci Announces Plans to Step Down by End of 2024

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    The Facts

    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical officer to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said on Tues. that he intends to step down from his current government position by the end of Biden's current term.

    • However, he has clarified that he doesn't plan to retire, and has stated that he still has "the energy and the passion" to do other things in his career after leaving federal service.


    The Spin

    Right narrative

    It's about time for Fauci to leave federal service after more than five decades of controversies and failures. In fact, his ineffective and chaotic strategies during the COVID pandemic should've seen him retire long ago. Clearly the move is prompted by a fear that GOP investigations may expose his incompetence.

    Left narrative

    Fauci is an American hero who has assisted the country through severe health crises, including HIV/AIDS and COVID. He has always faced up to tough questions, and been brave enough to deliver bad news as well as good. At his age, it's no surprise he's planning to step down from his role in the government, especially after facing threats against his life for his dedicated service.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that at least 107k people will be reported to have died per year from COVID-19 on average between 2022-2025 in the US, according to the Metaculus prediction community


    Political split

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