I watched the Regis interview last night. He answered questions directly and spoke about several Presidents praising them for what they did positively. He had not yet met President Trump when he did this interview. He indicated he was worried about a possible respiratory pandemic at some point although he was imagining a bacterial flu.
As head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health since 1984, Dr. Fauci first rose to prominence as both a leading scientist and government spokesman during the emergence of H.I.V./AIDS. Since then, he has testified regularly to Congress about the threat of emerging diseases and has been one of the government’s most prominent public health leaders, playing a central role in research of disease outbreaks, and the search for cures, for the past three decades.
Behind the scenes, though, is where Dr. Fauci is considered most influential: He helps shape the decisions on where research should be directed in search of a response or cure. Over all, Dr. Fauci oversees an agency with a budget of $5.9 billion for 2020.
He may be a new face to you, but the Brooklyn-born Dr. Fauci carries a kind of celebrity status among scientists. He is renowned within the scientific community for his rigorous work ethic, known during his career to run seven miles every lunch hour regardless of the brutality of the weather. In a 1994 profile of Dr. Fauci, The New York Times wrote: “If everyone in the world were like Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, there would be no need for Prozac. By any sensible reckoning, the man should be wilting around the edges.” Now, the 79-year-old doctor says he is sleeping four to five hours a night — and working every other hour of the day.
“We are in a war,” he said. “I mean, I actually think this is exactly what generals or leaders in real, you know, violent combat wars feel.”