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Dr. Anthony Fauci Announces He Will Retire This Year

On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he will be stepping down as the president’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases this December. “I will be leaving these positions in December of this

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Announces He Will Retire This Year

On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced that he will be stepping down as the president’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases this December.

“I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” said Fauci, who has experienced increasingly worse disapproval ratings from the American people since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic due to his push for continued lockdowns and for his flipflopping on issues like the efficacy of masks.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to have led the NIAID, an extraordinary institution, for so many years and through so many scientific and public health challenges,” he continued. “I am very proud of our many accomplishments. I have worked with – and learned from – countless talented and dedicated people in my own laboratory, at NIAID, at NIH and beyond. To them I express my abiding respect and gratitude.”

Starting mid-2021, polls began to show that the majority of Americans thought Fauci should resign. According to a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted in late October 2021, 52 percent of registered voters felt Fauci should resign.

In response to Fauci’s decision to listen to the American people and resign, President Biden released a statement praising Fauci’s work in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When it came time to build a team to lead our COVID-19 response – in fact, in one of my first calls as President-elect – I immediately asked Dr. Fauci to extend his service as my Chief Medical Advisor to deal with the COVID-19 crisis our nation faced,” Biden said. “In that role, I’ve been able to call him at any hour of the day for his advice as we’ve tackled this once-in-a-generation pandemic.  His commitment to the work is unwavering, and he does it with an unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity.”

“Because of Dr. Fauci’s many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved,” Biden added. “As he

White House Physician Releases Update On Biden’s Health

On Friday, White House Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor released an update on President Biden’s health after Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning.

“President Biden completed his first full day of PAXLOVID last night,” O’Connor wrote in a letter. “His symptoms have improved. He did mount a temperature yesterday evening to 99.40F, which responded favorably to acetaminophen (TYLENOL). His temperature has remained normal since then.”

O’Connor said that Biden’s is suffering from a runny nose, fatigue, and a “non-productive, now ‘loose’ cough.” Biden’s pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation are all normal.

“The President is tolerating treatment well,” O’Connor wrote. “We will continue PAXLOVID as planned. His symptoms will be treated supportively with oral hydration, acetaminophen (TYLENOL), and the albuterol inhaler that he uses as needed. His apixaban (ELIQUIS) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are being held during PAXLOVID treatment and for several days after his last dose. During this time, it is reasonable to add low dose aspirin as an alternative type of blood thinner.”

After Biden initially tested positive, O’Connor said that he believed 79-year-old president will “respond favorably” because he is fully vaccinated and twice-boosted. The White House Physician stated that there “has been nothing in the course of his illness thus far which gives me cause to alter that initial expectation.”

O’Connor concluded by saying he would continue to release updates on “any changes in his condition or treatment plan.”

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President Biden Tests Positive For COVID-19

President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Thursday morning.

The 79-year-old president “is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms.  He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time.  He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative.  Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.”

“Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation,” she added. “Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel.  The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.”

According to White House Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden “is currently experiencing mild symptoms, mostly rhinorrhea (or ‘runny nose’) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough, which started yesterday evening. Given that he meets U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) criteria for PAXLOVID, I have recommended initiating such treatment.”

“The President is fully vaccinated and twice-boosted, so I anticipate that he will respond favorably, as most maximally protected patients do,” O’Connor added. “Early use of PAXLOVID in this case provides additional protection against severe disease. He will isolate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. I will keep your office updated with any changes in his condition or treatment plan.”

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FDA Approves COVID Vaccines For Kids As Young As 6 Months

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months.

“For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in adults 18 years of age and older,” the FDA wrote in a statement. “For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older.”

“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age.  As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf. “Those trusted with the care of children can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines and can be assured that the agency was thorough in its evaluation of the data.”

President Biden released a statement in response to the news, announcing that his administration will begin shipping vaccines for children to “thousands of locations parents know and trust—including pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, and pharmacies. As doses are delivered, parents will be able to start scheduling vaccinations for their youngest kids as early as next week, with appointments ramping up over the coming days and weeks.”

“We are the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID-19 vaccines, offering safe and highly effective mRNA doses to children as young as six months old,” Biden continued. “My administration secured vaccine doses for America’s youngest children and now with FDA’s authorization, we will begin shipping millions of vaccine doses for kids to thousands of locations parents know and trust—including pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, and pharmacies. As doses are delivered, parents will be able to start scheduling vaccinations for their youngest kids as early as next week, with appointments ramping up over the coming days and weeks.”

“Today’s decision will help build on this progress, giving parents much-needed relief and peace of mind and helping our nation continue to move forward safely. We look forward to hearing from the CDC on its recommendations,” Biden added.

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Dr. Fauci Tests Positive For COVID And Is Experiencing Symptoms

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing symptoms.

Fauci, who also serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice.

“Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home,” the National Institute for Health said in a press release. “He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials. Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative.”

The news comes as COVID-19 cases are again surging in the United States. After falling below 30,000 new cases per day in March and April, the average number of new daily cases has been over 100,000 since the end of May.

However, as noted by The New York Times, deaths from the virus “remain low. Fewer than 350 deaths are being reported each day, the Times database shows, down from more than 2,600 a day at the height of the Omicron surge.”

Despite the low number of deaths, many Democrat politicians are using the opportunity to extend their emergency powers. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, for example, announced this week that she would be extending her emergency powers until mid-July so the New York state government could “support the municipalities and counties in their efforts to facilitate and administer vaccinations and tests for COVID-19, and to prevent the virus from continuing to spread at such rates.”

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