Washington, DC mayor declares December 24 ‘Dr Fauci Day’

Mayor Muriel Bowser says day aims to honour Dr Anthony Fauci for his ‘tireless’ work during COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the United States top infectious disease expert, who has gained the admiration of millions of Americans as a tireless fighter during the coronavirus pandemic, turned 80 years old on Thursday [Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters]
Dr Anthony Fauci, the United States top infectious disease expert, who has gained the admiration of millions of Americans as a tireless fighter during the coronavirus pandemic, turned 80 years old on Thursday [Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters]

As the United States continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor of Washington, DC, has honoured the country’s top infectious disease expert, declaring Thursday as “Dr Anthony S Fauci Day” in the US capital.

In a statement, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Fauci, who has gained the admiration of millions of Americans as a tireless fighter during the pandemic, also turned 80 years old on December 24.

“Dr Fauci has been a hero to our nation during this incredibly difficult year, working tirelessly to save lives and guide our nation’s response to and recovery from the pandemic,” Bowser said in the statement on Wednesday.

“I issue this honor on behalf of all Washingtonians in gratitude and recognition of Dr. Fauci’s service to our nation and our city.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has served under six US presidents and emerged as a main source of public health information from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, appearing in live interviews on a near-daily basis.

He has also frequently sparred with US President Donald Trump, who has downplayed the seriousness of the disease. Fauci has insisted on public health measures aimed at stemming the potential spread of the virus.

The US has reported more than 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, as well as more than 327,000 deaths linked to the virus – the highest totals in the world.

Earlier in December, US President-elect Joe Biden asked Fauci to stay on and work for his administration as chief medical adviser. Fauci told local that he has accepted the position.

Dr Anthony Fauci received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on live television in a ceremonial event meant to reassure Americans that the vaccine is safe and effective [Patrick Semansky/Getty Images/AFP]
On Tuesday, Fauci received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The ceremonial event was broadcast on live television in an effort to reassure Americans that the vaccine is safe and effective.

“I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine and I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated so that we can have a veil of protection over this country, that would end this pandemic,” Fauci said before rolling up the sleeve of his blue shirt.

After the injection, he raised both his thumbs up to the cameras.

According to Bowser’s proclamation, Fauci and his wife Christine have lived in DC since 1977.

“We are incredibly proud to count him among the many DC residents who are sacrificing so much to keep our communities healthy and safe,” the mayor said.

Source: Al Jazeera

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