Baltimore Sun Profiles Top AIDS Scientist’s Emergence as Bioterrorism Spokesperson
The Baltimore Sun on Saturday profiled National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading AIDS scientist who has emerged as a top adviser and spokesperson in the Bush administration's fight against bioterrorism. The Sun reports that Fauci, who "rose to fame" 20 years ago as a leader in the government's battle against AIDS, has a "knack for articulating medical complexities in a calm and accessible way," and the Bush administration "has been pleased to let Fauci handle much of the medical discussion" on bioterrorism. Although his "work with AIDS helped prepare him for grappling with bioterrorism," Fauci said that the "two foes are strikingly different in their effect on the nation." He also said that he has "no intention of leaving the AIDS field to become a full-time specialist" in bioterrorism. In addition to having received a number of awards and 22 honorary doctorates, Fauci has developed therapies for AIDS patients and helped make drugs "more widely available" (Baer, Baltimore Sun, 11/10). The complete article is available online at the Sun Web site.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.