Anthony Fauci urged people to get the latest Covid-19 vaccine in his last briefing from the White House
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily press briefing in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2022. © Jim WATSON / AFP
The US government’s chief Covid-19 adviser Anthony Fauci has for the last time urged US citizens to keep up with their vaccinations as he gave his final address from the White House before retiring next month.
“Please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated Covid-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community,” said Fauci.
Reflecting on his time in office, the former ‘Covid czar’ said he hoped he would be remembered as a dedicated public servant. “What I would like people to remember about what I’ve done is that every day for all of those years, I’ve given it everything that I have and I’ve never left anything on the field,” he told reporters.
Fauci’s Covid policies have been the topic of much controversy in the US since the outbreak of the virus. Some have applauded his efforts in combating the spread of the disease, while others have blasted his excessive measures and accused him of profiting off the pandemic, as his wealth has reportedly doubled since 2019.