Top US doctor wins big prize for fight against Covid-193 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Dr Anthony Fauci, the top expert in the US on infectious diseases, has proved that science and knowledge always come first. Fauci has been honoured with a top international prize for work and efforts to combat coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
He has been awarded a whopping $1 million by the Dan David Foundation, which has its headquarters at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The annual prize is awarded based on past, present and future works carried out by individuals, and Fauci is the only winner in the ‘present’ category.
“Dr Fauci has been a global leader in control and research of infectious diseases that present a major public health challenge,” Dr Elizabeth Miller, the chair of the selection committee, said in the award announcement.
It added, “As the Covid-19 pandemic unravelled, [he] leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread.”
‘He advised seven US presidents’
Dr Fauci, an American physician-scientist and immunologist, has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He has worked for American public health in various capacities for more than 50 years, and has been an advisor to every US president since Ronald Reagan!
His fame wasn’t just restricted to the US – from 1983 to 2002, Fauci was one of the world’s most frequently-cited experts across all scientific journals!
He currently serves as chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.
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Sources: BBC, CNN
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