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Dr. Anthony Fauci Steps Away

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Steps Away

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases listens as U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions in the press briefing room with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans should wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

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For nearly four decades, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been leading the fight against infectious diseases in America - including AIDS and COVID-19. Now, he's stepping away.

Earlier this week, Dr. Fauci announced he would retire as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the end of the year. In this episode, we'll talk with Dr. Fauci about his decision to leave, and take a look at the twists and turns of his long - and sometimes controversial - career.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

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