dr Anthony Fauci, the face of America’s pandemic response through two White House administrations, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Fauci, 81, who is fully vaccinated and has had two booster shots, has had mild COVID-19 symptoms, according to a expression Wednesday from the National Institutes of Health.
Fauci has not been in close contact with President Joe Biden or other senior government officials recently. He tested positive in a rapid antigen test. He is following public health guidelines and his doctor’s advice and will return to work at the NIH if he tests negative, according to the statement.
Fauci is Biden’s senior medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He was a senior member of the White House coronavirus task force under former President Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of Health Xavier Becerra tested positive due to the virus. It was the second time Becerra had had symptoms and tested positive.
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