Dr. Anthony Fauci announced his retirement earlier this week, and will soon start collecting an annual retirement package of over $350,000. He has headed up the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as director for 38 years, since the Reagan administration.
The enormous, taxpayer-funded sum comes amidst allegations of involvement in gain-of-function research in Wuhan, which led to the COVID-19 outbreak. By walking away from the National Institute of Health, Fauci will also forfeit his role as chief medical advisor to the President.
“I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” Fauci said. “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.”
Fauci said he is not “retiring,” so his enormous annual pension may be put on hold.
“I am not retiring. After more than 50 years of government service, I plan to pursue the next phase of my career while I still have so much energy and passion for my field. I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats,” he said.
Dr. Fauci’s retirement comes just months before the 2022 midterm elections
Quite often former government workers who hold immense sway within bureaucracies like the NIH will moonlight in corporate spaces in their latter years. Big Pharma skyrocketed to inconceivable heights during Fauci’s reign as highest-ranking government health employee; no doubt they would welcome his with open arms as an “advisor.”
“Over the coming months, I will continue to put my full effort, passion and commitment into my current responsibilities, as well as help prepare the Institute for a leadership transition. NIH is served by some of the most talented scientists in the world, and I have no doubt that I am leaving this work in very capable hands,” he concluded in his statement.
Fauci was the highest-paid government employee at the end of his tenure, earning over $400,000 annually (outranking 4-star generals, and the President, himself). Pensions are based on time served and moving averages of an employee’s highest-earning years.
His impending resignation follows NIH Director Francis Collins stepping down from his role upon scrutiny of the agency’s decision to fund gain-of-function research in China.