Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci is a scientist and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. Fauci has also been the advisor for every president since Ronald Reagan when it comes to infectious diseases and health. Under several presidential administrations, Dr. Fauci has led the charge against viral infections like HIV/AIDS, SARS, the Swine Flu, Ebola, and now COVID-19. In 2008, President George Bush awarded Fauci the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work researching and creating relief programs for the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As head of the NIAID, Dr. Fauci has also done pivotal work researching immune-related illnesses like asthma and allergies.
Among his several roles in Washington today, Dr. Fauci is also a White House Coronavirus Task Force member. With COVID-19 crippling most of the world, especially the United States, Fauci and several other health professionals made up the task force and were advising former President Donald Trump on how to best deal with the pandemic, despite Trump’s disapproval of the group. During the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Fauci has been a vocal advocate of the importance of wearing masks as a preventive measure against the virus. Fauci has gone on record several times saying that the way the U.S. has been dealing with COVID-19 is not acceptable and that people’s hesitation in committing to wearing masks plays a large role in that. Fauci has maintained his position as a leader in COVID-19 research in the White House and currently acts as the chief medical advisor for Joe Biden.