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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Anthony Fauci, visionary scientist and civil servant, a precious resource for the international community

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2020

Letter to President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella by Scientific Director Giuseppe Ippolito Spallanzani Hospital in Rome.
I writing to you in my position of Scientific Director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI) Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome According to latest news reports, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID), could be fired from the task force that coordinates the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, if confirmed, would be disastrous news not only for the United States, but for the whole international community, facing today the most important health emergency for over a century now. Anthony Fauci is not only an exceptionally capable and loyal officer, who has served his country as director of NIAID for over thirty five years and under six presidents leadership; Anthony Fauci is one of the most important scientists in the world in the field of infectious diseases, who with his leadership, his work and his exceptional ethical drive has been a guide and a world reference point in all health emergencies of the last three decades and more. Anthony Fauci’s research has been pivotal to understand the mechanism by which HIV destroys the immune system, and has played a fundamental role in the development of treatments that make it possible for people with AIDS to live long lives and carry out an active life with fulfilling emotional and social relationships. His work was crucial in transforming AIDS from an inexorable and incurable disease, a deadly mark and source of social and moral stigma, into a controllable disease; thanks to its empathic and compassionate approach, scientific research has approached the
needs of the sick, and a new doctor-patient paradigm has emerged. Anthony Fauci was the main architect of the PEPFAR program, which since 2003 has made AIDS treatment available in developing countries, saving millions of lives, especially in sub-Saharian Africa. He has been at the forefront of all the world health emergencies of the past decades, from Ebola in 2014 and 2018, and Zika in 2016. Anthony Fauci’s work has saved the lives of millions of women, men and children in the United States and all over the world. Hundreds of scientists, doctors and researchers have trained at Anthony Fauci’s school, contributing to the fight against infectious diseases worldwide. In Italy, the Spallanzani Institute is grateful to him for his generous and selfless help to our Institute’s research projects and activities. A generosity that we like to associate to his Italian heritage, always remembered with pride. Anthony Fauci has also dealt extensively with SARS, avian flu, swine flu: all experiences that today are an invaluable background in the global response to a new coronavirus that threatens all of us, and which requires unity and solidarity to be fought. We hope that President Trump will confirm the position of an exceptional scientist and human being such as Anthony Fauci, who dedicated his whole professional life serving public health in his country and around the world.
We need Anthony Fauci’s leadership, in the US or elsewhere, to tackle the challenges this pandemic pose to our health systems. Our Institute would be honored to have Anthony as advisor and we hope that also The Italian Government and the Lazio Region could benefit of his great vision and expertise. Scientific Director Giuseppe Ippolito.

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