Dr Anthony Fauci announces plans to retire at the end of Biden's term in 2025 after leading US Covid response | The Sun

DR Anthony Fauci has announced that he plans to retire at the end of Joe Biden's term in 2025 after leading the United States' Covid-19 response.

Fauci, the US president's chief medical officer, announced his plan during an interview with Politico on Monday.

"By the time we get to the end of Biden's first term, I will very likely (retire)," Fauci said, as he eyes a January 2025 retirement.

Fauci, 81, has worked for the American public health sector for more than five decades, advising every president since Ronald Regan.

However, he faced sharp criticism and division for his response to the Covid-19 pandemic, where he led the coronavirus response teams for both Biden and Donald Trump – whom he says he's developed an "interesting relationship" with despite encountering tense face-offs during his presidency.

“We developed an interesting relationship,” said the Brooklyn-born Fauci.

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“Two guys from New York, different in their opinions and their ideology, but still, two guys who grew up in the same environments of this city. I think that we are related to each other in that regard.”

During the pandemic's peak, Fauci was a regular guest on cable news, primetime television, late-night shows and podcasts, offering his medical advice to fight the virus.

But over time, he became a politically divisive figure on the left and right regarding issues such as masks and lockdown policies.

During his interview with Politico, Fauci said he did not expect to remain in government until Covid is eliminated because he said, "I think we're going to be living with this" for years to come.

“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105," Fauci said, adding: "I think we’re going to be living with this."

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