WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci said he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden's term, ending decades of federal service capped with a pandemic.
"By the time we get to the end of Biden's first term, I will very likely (retire)," Fauci said according to CNN. He said he doesn't have a specific date in mind and hasn't started the process of retiring. Biden's term ends in January 2025.
Fauci, 81, has been the face of the White House's response to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. He is Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he has led since 1984. He was also a leading member of the COVID-19 task force in former President Donald Trump's White House.
He told Politico he doesn't plan to stay in his position until COVID-19 is eradicated.
“We’re in a pattern now," Fauci said. "If somebody says, 'You’ll leave when we don’t have COVID anymore,' then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this."
Fauci told Politico he's prepared for potential attacks from a Republican-controlled House or Senate next year, but that it's not part of any retirement plans.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” he said. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”