Dr. Anthony Fauci, explained

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Where Dr. Fauci came from — and the crisis that shaped his career.

Correction: At 4:28, a previous version of this video read "Federal Drug Administration." It should read "Food and Drug Administration."

Dr. Anthony Fauci has become one of the most recognizable faces of the United States’ coronavirus response, as a member of the Coronavirus Task Force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But it was an earlier crisis that shaped his career — and that’s crucial to understand his position today.

As the above video shows, Dr. Fauci’s involvement in the AIDS crisis, from the virus’s discovery to the present day, has affected the course of his career and the way the disease is treated around the world. That history, in turn, informs how we learn about and treat the coronavirus today.

In addition to scientific progress, AIDS also necessitated bureaucratic changes in the government response to the disease. By negotiating these challenges, Dr. Fauci secured his place in the public health system and changed how AIDS was treated.

Further Reading:

However, these books provide particularly useful context on a complex story.

Against the Odds: The Story of of AIDS Drug Development, Politics, and Profits by Peter Arno and Karyn Feiden

This book provides an exhaustive tour of the AIDS crisis from a drug research perspective, with extensive coverage of the NIH and FDA.

Big Shot: Passion, Politics, and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine by Patricia Thomas
This book extends beyond the 1980s period covered in this video to explore the long search for an AIDS vaccine. It’s highly useful as a history of pharmaceutical and government efforts.

How to Survive a Plague by David France
This book, and the documentary of the same name, describe the activist history of the crisis with plenty of research into the government response.

AIDS at 30: A History by Victoria Harden and Anthony A. Fauci
Written by a former NIH history director and Dr. Fauci, this is something like an “official” history of the AIDs crisis, from the beginning to the book’s 2012 publication date.

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I refuse to believe he's 79 years old, he doesn't look his age at all

Author — Just Some Guy without a Mustache


Lesson to Leaders:
Learn from criticism, don't deny

Author — Abhi N


You forgot to mention that he is the 13th most cited scientist ever. It probably has to do with the fact he wrote/edited the infectious disease section of Harrison’s Principles of internal Medicine - the professional Bible of doctors all around the world.

Author — Maxim Pospelov


Steve Carell should play him in the movie.

Author — 2020 sucks


working at vox is like preparing a science project for adults

Author — Amanuel Tesfaye


"True talent suffers under poor leadership"

Author — O V


He just proved the importance of listening to what others have to say

Author — Hadassah


Dr Fauci seems like he would be in Martin Scorsese’s movies

Author — Taasin Bin Hossain Alvi


Young Anthony Fauci looks exactly like he did in my head

Author — S B


It's sad Dr. Fauci actually got death threats.

Author — TyrranicalT-Rad


I think it will be interesting to do a series about his counterparts in different countries around the world, so we can better appreciate their work

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He evolved, some people in the government don't.

Author — Financial Shinanigan


This is random but I'm really jealous of people in other parts of the world where the coronavirus and quarantine isn't a political opinion, anyone else?

Author — LI VI


You know what makes him such a charismatic figure?
He took the criticism seriously, listened to it and ultimately made the lessons learned from where it was right an asset for his organization.
He did not deny his fallibility or that of his organization, blame somebody else or personally attack his critics like so many leaders of nations and organizations love to do these days.
*A Scientist is thankful if you point out his mistakes and fixes them. A polititan is hateful that you tried to take away from his public image.*

Author — BaronZ


Each country has this one doctor or virologist who’s become quasi a national superstar due to this pandemic lol.

Author — madeleine und jayden


He is also one of the writers of Harrison's book of medicine, which is like a Bible for doctors

Author — master of none


Trunp: I need someone to blame for mismanagement of the pandemic in America.

Dr Fauci: who?

Trump: Yesss, that's perfect.

Author — anime sub and dub


COVID19 needs to have oil before the US Gov will take an agressive action against it.

Author — Dee B


Learn from a person that is smart, not a rich billionaire

Author — The Tutorialist


Dr. Fauci should get his own biopic movie after this

Author — Goku Black