Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was instrumental in guiding people through the two pandemics of our time—AIDS and COVID—announced on Monday that he is resigning from his position

He will step down as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December after 38 years in the role

Fauci, 81, worked for seven American presidents and assisted in guiding the nation through a number of health crises

Beginning when he was the NIAID's young director in the early 1980s, he played a significant role in the fight against the AIDS epidemic

Additionally, he played a prominent role in the nation's contentious political response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In a statement released on Monday, Vice President Biden praised him as a "dedicated public worker." Dr. Fauci has made numerous contributions to public health

Anthony Fauci now lives with security protection after his family received death threats and harassment

Fauci was "one of my first calls," according to Biden, when he was trying to assemble a team to manage the Covid-19 response after winning the 2020 election