after dr Anthony Fauci was infected with the corona virus days after attending a ceremony in Massachusetts and had to miss another: his daughter’s wedding.
Fauci, President Biden’s senior medical adviser on the pandemic, attended his class reunion at Holy Cross in Worcester earlier this month and days later tested positive for the virus on a rapid antigen test despite being fully vaccinated and having his two booster shots had received.
The 81-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had attended his 60th class reunion and the dedication of the Anthony S. Fauci Integrated Science Complex, which the college named in his honor. At least two other participants have also tested positive. It is unclear where Fauci contracted the virus.
Because of his test result, Fauci — who has so far managed to avoid the virus — was unable to attend his middle daughter Megan’s wedding in person, he told the New York Times and Washington Post.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert shares three daughters with his wife Christine Grady, who is the director of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Daughter Jenny is a clinical psychologist, Megan is a third grade teacher in New Orleans, and their youngest Alison previously worked at Twitter and then spent time as a paramedic.
Megan got married in New Orleans a few weekends ago, but because of his infection, Fauci had to attend the ceremony remotely. He participated by watching it unfold over FaceTime, he told the Post.
Fauci, a self-proclaimed “compulsive workaholic,” saw all three of his daughters for the first time since the pandemic began last summer. They had remained separated due to the risks of old age.
He announced Wednesday during a global health forum that he suffered an apparent “rebound” of COVID after taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid to treat his initial infection.
Still, Fauci tried to allay concerns about Paxlovid, an anti-COVID drug that some patients say has caused symptoms to return after taking it. Others have reported testing positive again after completing the five-day treatment.
But Fauci said he believes the treatment developed by Pfizer not only kept him out of the hospital, but also reduced the severity of his initial symptoms.
“Paxlovid did what it was supposed to do,” he told the Times.