2021 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Recipient:
Anthony S. Fauci
As a physician-scientist with the National Institutes of Health, Fauci has served the American public for more than 50 years. He has been a trusted advisor to seven U.S. presidents and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on infectious disease. His work in basic and applied research led to preventions, diagnoses, and treatments in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other immunodeficiency diseases, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Since 1984, Fauci has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on the U.S. government’s emergency relief plan established to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. He still devotes time to his research of HIV infection and the body’s immune responses to the virus.
For most of 2020, he was a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force established to address the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. He became a household name as he sought to deliver to millions of people information about how best to protect each other from the highly transmissible virus that causes COVID-19. Along with other top public health leaders, Fauci pressed Americans to wear masks, avoid crowds, maintain social distancing, and wash their hands often. Fauci also bluntly warned the nation that the pandemic would result in catastrophic loss of life.
He is now serving as President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor and is part of the incoming administration’s COVID-19 team.
Anthony Fauci is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, as well as numerous other professional societies. He serves on the editorial boards of many scientific journals and has been the author, co-author, or editor of more than 1,300 scientific publications, including several textbooks.