Fauci hints at retirement: 'I can't stay at this job forever'


Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, hinted at plans to retire in the near future as long as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain low.

"I have said that I would stay in what I'm doing until we get out of the pandemic phase, and I think we might be there already, if we can stay in this," Fauci said on Friday's episode of the ABC News podcast Start Here.

At 81 years old, Fauci has served as a public health expert in various capacities for more than 50 years and has advised every president since Ronald Reagan. He currently holds the post of chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and has been a public fixture since the pandemic began more than two years ago.