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Tony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor

Episode Summary

The legendary physician reflects on 50 years of government service and the nation's health threats — from HIV and Ebola to measles and sneezing on the subway.

Episode Notes

Tony Fauci joined NIH in 1968. He was named head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984.

And on a warm day in April 2019, he sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to reflect on his ongoing work — from the emergence of HIV/AIDS nearly 40 years ago to how the Trump administration is trying to end the epidemic.

On the podcast, Fauci also discussed the resurgence of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, his perspective on the Trump administration and what it's like to give advice to a president.


President Donald Trump has vowed to effectively end HIV transmission within a decade.

Fauci has long argued that we have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jen Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation recently appeared on "Pulse Check" to discuss Trump's HIV policy.

Fauci was a prominent voice during the Ebola epidemic, urging a measured response and even treating one patient himself.