NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases will be the commencement speaker for the 2021 graduates of the Yale School of Public Health.
The school says a 'special hybrid ceremony' will begin on May 22 and end on May 24. There will be no guests allowed to campus, even if they are vaccinated, the university says.
Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984, and oversees research of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2021 is an estimated $6.1 billion.
Dr. Fauci has advised seven Presidents on domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.
In January 2020, President Trump appointed Fauci to the administration's Coronavirus Task Force. In January 2021, President Biden named Fauci his chief medical advisor.