He left open the possibility that his retirement could come sooner rather than later, setting the end of President Joe Biden’s term in January 2025 as the maximum length of time he would remain in his position.

Since 1984, Fauci has directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He filled the Chief Medical Advisor to the President position under the Biden administration in early 2021.

“I have always said that sometime in the reasonable future, I would be stepping down,” Fauci said, speaking to NBC News. “Thus sometime between now and then I very likely will step down and move on to the next phase in my professional career, whatever that may be.”

He said at age 81, he doesn’t plan to work forever, but “no decision has been made” about exactly when he will step down.

This story is developing and may be updated as more information becomes available.

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