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Dr Fauci wins $1 mn Israeli Dan David prize for 'defending science'

Dr Anthony Fauci has won the USD 1 million Dan David Prize for "defending science" and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci has won the USD 1 million Dan David Prize for "defending science" and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the pandemic.

The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes.

It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19.

In its statement, the private foundation did not mention former President Donald Trump, who undermined Fauci's follow-the-approach to the pandemic.

But it credited Fauci with "courageously defending in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis.

Fauci, 80, has served seven presidents and has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.

In recent interviews, Fauci has acknowledged that it was difficult at times to work for Trump, who repeatedly played down the severity of the pandemic, dismissed the need for mask-wearing and often touted unproven scientific remedies, including injecting disinfectant.

Trump resented Fauci's flattering press coverage and reveled in calls to Fire Fauci! at some of his rallies. But Fauci outlasted Trump, who lost the November election.

It was very clear that there were things that were said, be it regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things, that really was uncomfortable because they were not based in scientific fact, Fauci said at a recent White House briefing.

He added that he took no pleasure in having to contradict the president.

Biden's election, Fauci said, was liberating.

The Dan David Prize, established in 2000, gives USD 1 million awards in three categories each year for contributions addressing the past, present and future.

Fauci won the prize for achievement in the present, in the field of public health, the foundation said.

Professors Alison Bashford, Katharine Park and Keith Wailoo, working in the field of history and health medicine, won the Past" category.

The pioneers of an anti-cancer immunotherapy, professor Zelig Eshhar, Dr. Carl June and Dr. Steven Rosenberg won the Future" category.

Foundation Director Ariel David, son of the prize founder, said this year's laureates have probed how humanity has dealt with sickness and pandemics throughout history; they have provided relief, guidance and leadership in dealing with current outbreaks ... and they are at the forefront of discovering new treatments that give us hope for the future in the ongoing battle against cancer and other diseases.

Previous recipients of the Dan David Prize include former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, novelist Margaret Atwood, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

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First Published: Mon, February 15 2021. 22:44 IST
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