Fauci and his educational porcupine virus model and the logo of the Smithsonian Institution.
The coronavirus is officially entering the annals of history. Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the public face of the American government’s response to the pandemic, has given his 3-D printed model of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
The donation was made during a live-streamed ceremony on Tuesday, when the institution awarded Fauci its Great Americans Medal for his decades-long career fighting infectious diseases, including HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, and Covid-19. “Dr Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” said the museum’s director Anthea M. Hartig. “His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American.”
Fauci was asked to contribute a personal item to the show, and chose the melon-sized blue sphere studded with spike proteins, which he often used to explain how the virus so effectively causes infection during presentations to the public and legislators. “I wanted to pick something that was really meaningful to me and important because I used it so often,” Fauci said in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s a really phenomenally graphic way to get people to understand.”
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By the way, David Rubenstein is a former government official, lawyer, co-founder and co-executive chairman of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, chairman of the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, and president of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.