Why are fixtures of the pandemic response jumping ship?

A week after CDC head Rochelle Walensky announced a reorganization of the agency after admitting mistakes were made during its Covid response, Dr. Anthony Fauci is now signaling he will be stepping down from his positions.

“I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December…” Fauci wrote on the agency’s website today.

“I am not retiring” says Fauci in his letter signaling a ‘plan to pursue the next phase of my career.’

The late part of Fauci’s career has been marred by his flip flopping of guidance, a scandal alongside Dr. Francis Collins to actively censor top public health doctors, word games to avoid taking accountably for the unraveling harms of lockdowns.

It was in September 2021 when Mediate radio host Hugh Hewitt first approached Fauci about retiring.

“I’ve lost confidence in the CDC and the FDA, and I actually believe a lot of Americans, a significant part of America, now have lost confidence in you, Dr. Fauci,” Hewitt said.

“Is there a point where you will say ‘I do more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore’ and step aside?” Hewitt asked.

“No. Absolutely, unequivocally no,” Fauci answered. 

As the highest paid employee in the federal government, Fauci’s 55 years of service “qualifies him for an annual retirement package of more than $350,000 which would increase through annual cost-of-living adjustments” according to Forbes auditors at OpenTheBooks.com

Jefferey Jaxen

Jefferey Jaxen is a health journalist and featured in his weekly segment, ’The Jaxen Report’, on The HighWire. As an investigative journalist, researcher, and compelling writer, Jefferey serves as Lead editor of The HighWire News and Opinion Team.

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