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US Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and the face of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and doubly boosted, has mild symptoms and is working from home.

“He is currently exhibiting mild symptoms,” the NIH said, adding that the 81-year-old had not recently been in close contact with Biden or any other official.

“Fauci will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 guidelines and his doctor’s medical advice and return to the NIH when he tests negative,” he said.

Fauci’s office told ABC News he was taking Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral treatment.

In an interview with CNN last month, the top scientist said he had never tested positive for Covid.

The United States has witnessed a new surge of breakthrough infections in recent months, primarily due to the highly contagious omicron variant.

The current wave of cases began in April with the spread of the “stealth” BA.2 variant. Since mid-May, cases have been hovering around the 100,000-a-day mark, with little indication of whether they will rise or fall in the coming weeks and summer months.

According to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, nearly 86 million Americans have been infected with Covid in the past 18 months. Just over a million people in the United States have died from the virus.

Meanwhile, a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday unanimously recommended COVID-19 vaccines for children under five, the last age group awaiting vaccination in most countries.

(With agency contributions)

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