As Dr. Fauci prepares to leave, he thinks about his legacy and the COVID decision he will change.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who spent 54 years at the National Institutes of Health and 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will step down from public office at the end of the year. Fauci told ABC News’ Washington correspondent and ‘This Week’ co-anchor Jonathan Carl every day, every weekend for the past 54 years, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. “So I don’t want to even think about how I’ll feel the last time I drive around campus… just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.” In an intimate interview at his home, Fauci spoke with ABC News about his public life, perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic that made him perhaps America’s most famous doctor, the last two and a half years of debates and controversies that have sometimes trapped him . Fauci has lived in the same house since 1977. There are pictures hanging by the railing stairs, dozens of pictures framed on a bookshelf, the floors are scratched from years of use, and the carpets are worn out. The mismatched red and brown chairs in the living room are cozy. On one side is a fluffy pillow with the face of a pouch, and on the other side is a quote that reads, “That’s it.’ – Anthony S. Fauci, MD” “You have become an icon,” Karl told him. . “It was kind of absurd to see. There were Fauci bobbleheads. People had Fauci shirts that read ‘In Fauci We Trust.’ In an exclusive interview with News’ Jonathan Karl, he said, “Actually, John, I think both extremes are a departure that reflects the division of our country.” As the pandemic received, he was criticized and even despised by others: Conservatives in Capitol Hill criticized his recommendations for COIVD and called for an investigation into it, and he received death threats and rallies days before the 2020 presidential election. In the ex-President Donald Trump supporters, “Burn the Faucy! Burn the pouch!” shouted. Does everything become too political?” Carl asked. “It has changed very, very quickly politically.” Pouch replied. “Because we had the misfortune of the outbreak, the double misery of the outbreak in a divided society, and the triple misery in the divided society in the election year. I mean, you can’t get any more — Stacking cards is more about you than that. It was a triple blow.” Fauci said he was committed to his job despite threats of violence against him and his family. Anthony Fauci spoke with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview at home. Lauren Lantry/ABC News “I see the country as my patient in many ways,” he continued. “And if you’re a really good doctor, you care and worry about every element of your patient.” Carl asked. “you’re right.” Pouch replied. “That’s correct. And even if the patient isn’t the most attractive person in the world in terms of personality, you still have to treat the patient the way you treat others. We learned that in medical school,” said Fauci. He hasn’t communicated with Trump since he took office, and he praised the former administration for its Operation Warp Speed, a program that developed a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time. “The government should be recognized for its work,” Fauci said. “It was a positive thing, Operation Warp Speed. And they have to admit it.” Anthony Fauci is giving an exclusive interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News from his home. Lauren Lantry/ABC NewsCOVID-19 has killed more than one million Americans, more than any war the United States has ever fought. And Fauci was one of the faces of the government response. For a while, he appeared almost constantly at White House briefings and the press, sharing the government’s latest pandemic guidelines. “There were many dark days and obviously there were a lot of deaths,” Karl said. “Have you had a day that stood out the most, or a time that you thought was the darkest?” “It was a period. I trained many Italian scientists in the field of infectious diseases in my lab. Many of them returned to Italy, where they were at the epicenter of the disaster in northern Italy.” Fauci later overheard patients on the phone explaining what was going on in a room filled with people in the hallways. . “I knew these people. So I knew how it would affect them. And then I said, ‘Wow, we have a real problem here. We have a real, real problem.'” The city has been closed for several months. Schools in many areas have been closed for much longer.” Obviously this is a local decision. But was it a mistake to see schools stand still in so many states and so many territories?” Carl asked. Dr. Anthony Fauci gave an exclusive interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News at his home. Lauren Lantry/ABC News “I I don’t think you want to use the word ‘mistake’. “It’s out of context you asked me,” Fauci said. “And I don’t want to do that because it’s happened so much in the last few years.” Carl pressed. “Yeah, what we have to realize and realize is that there will be harmful side effects when you do that.” Pouch replied. I have to do everything we can to keep schools open,” said Fauci. “The most important thing is to protect the children.” In the early days of the pandemic, Fauci told the public that there was no need to wear a mask. But that guideline was soon overturned. “If you’re true to the data and evidence, if something is evolving it means it’s not the same as it was before, so you can upgrade and update it with data. Is it a recommendation, a guideline, or communication with the public,” Fauci explained. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearings. “Stop the Monkey Head Spread: A Federal Response Investigation” at the Hart Building, September 14, 2022. Tom Williams/AP “Are you sure you want to withdraw what you said about the mask?” Carl asked later. “yes.” Pouch replied. “I mean, of course, if I had to do it again. Of course. Again, if we said why we did it, that would be interpreted as an excuse, and then I don’t want to go there. If I had to do it again I would have analyzed it a little better. .” Director Fauci has been the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases for longer than many Americans have lived. And he said, “I don’t want to ruin the taxpayer’s money,” he said with a smile to Carl, having not changed his desk in 38 years. How I want to be remembered. “I want to be remembered for giving everything he has to the public health of the American public and, indirectly, for the whole world, because we are leaders in science and public health,” Fauci said. . “I just want people to know that I gave everything I had and left nothing on the field. I was there.”
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