Dr. Anthony Fauci, top adviser to US President Joe Biden on the health crisis, has tested positive for COVID-19, the US National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced on Wednesday. he is the director.
The octogenarian, who has become a central and much-listened public figure since the start of the pandemic, is vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two doses of recall, NIAID said in a statement. His symptoms are mild.
Anthony Fauci “will self-isolate and continue to work from home,” the statement said. He has not recently been in contact with Joe Biden, it was clarified.
The United States is currently seeing more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, one figure per elsewhere largely underestimated according to experts. The recent rise has been linked to Omicron subvariants.
Around 300 people still die daily from the disease in the country, but health authorities are now pointing to the many remedies available, including vaccines, but also the antiviral Paxlovid in case of infection.