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Fauci tests positive for virus, has mild COVID-19 symptoms

Jun 15, 2022, 1:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci waits for the beginning of a hearing before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies of Senate Appropriations Committee at Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2023 for the National Institutes of Health. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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(AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of America’s pandemic response through two White House administrations, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 81-year-old Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, was experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, according to a statement Wednesday from the National Institutes of Health.

Fauci has not recently been in close contact with President Joe Biden or other senior government officials.

He tested positive on a rapid antigen test. He is following public health guidelines and his doctor’s advice and will return to work at the NIH when he tests negative, according to the statement.

Fauci is Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He was a leading member of the White House coronavirus task force under former President Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for the virus. It was the second time Becerra had come down with symptoms and tested positive.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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