Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for 'defending science'

WION Web Team
Tel Aviv Published: Feb 16, 2021, 10:14 PM(IST)

Fauci speaks about improving Covid testing, says 'We've got to do better' Photograph:( AFP )

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The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes. It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against Covid-19

Dr Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for defending science and advocating for vaccines now being administered to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes. It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against Covid-19. 

In its statement, the private foundation did not mention former President Donald Trump, who undermined Fauci's follow-the-science approach to the pandemic. But it credited Fauci with courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging Covid crisis.  

Fauci, 80, has served seven presidents and has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. 

In recent interviews, Fauci has acknowledged that it was difficult at times to work for Trump, who repeatedly played down the severity of the pandemic, dismissed the need for mask-wearing and often touted unproven scientific remedies, including injecting disinfectant. 

Trump resented Fauci's flattering press coverage and reveled in calls to 'Fire Fauci!' at some of his rallies. But Fauci outlasted Trump, who lost the November election.

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