The common enemy is the virus, and we should all be fighting the virus and not fighting with each other
A pioneer, a physician, a public servant – Dr Anthony S. Fauci has been a voice of authority and reason over his lengthy career. In April 2021, speaking with UNSW Sydney, Dr Fauci highlighted the strengths to date in Australia’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the virus would infiltrate Australian society again, plunging millions of people into tough lockdowns from which we are only now starting to emerge.
As Australia and the world struggle to re-emerge from the pandemic, political and societal divisions continue to surface. Even the advent of COVID vaccines, instead of uniting us, present opportunities for conflict and disagreement. As we struggle with these questions, Dr Anthony S. Fauci reminds us – “the common enemy is the virus, and we should all be fighting the virus and not fighting with each other”.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.