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BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

And then at the end of the year I had to make a major decision: Should I go back to the NIH and pursue a career in research that ultimately led to where I am now as the director of the institute, being involved in a variety of things; or, should I stay in New York and do clinical medicine mostly in a hospital setting. So that year I made the decision to come back [to the NIH] and then from then a variety of things occurred that influenced my career, but I think the real turning point of the career was my decision to stay at the NIH as opposed to going back and being a clinical practitioner predominantly as opposed to a researcher.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading during coronavirus social distancing? And why? “I have to tell you, I have been so knee-deep and steeped in response to this outbreak that the only article that I think I could have read that was an important article were scientific articles that have to do with this outbreak.”

What are you watching for in the Biden presidency? “You know, I’m watching for what I would hope would be a marked diminution of the divisiveness in our country and in society. Of course, I have been really saddened as a physician, scientist and public health official that we’ve had to operate in an environment of divisiveness that I hope that the characteristic of President-elect Joe Biden of being someone who’s had really good experience over his multi-decade career of reaching across the aisle and collaborating with member of the opposite party to get things done. I hope that during the next administration we get much more collegiality across the aisles of political divide as opposed to the divisiveness that we see right now.”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “That, before I got too busy, I used to love to dance, particularly with my wife. So, nobody knows that Tony Fauci really likes to dance, but I do. Just go back to the 50s and the 60s, Lindy type of dances, and actually my wife is very good in Latin-American dances, you know mambo, tango, that kind of thing.”



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