President Biden’s chief medical aide, Anthony Fauci, the senior US Covid-19 adviser and national institute director, is slated to receive over $350,000 in annual retirement benefits – the largest in the US government’s history.
An estimate by OpenTheBooks.com – a Chicago-based non-profit devoted to transparency in public spending – published by Forbes on Tuesday states that Fauci’s pension plan will begin in the $350,000 range and continue to grow “through annual cost-of-living adjustments.” Though Fauci insists he has no plans on retiring any time soon, he will reportedly reap the largest benefit package ever paid to a federal worker when he does.
The 81-year-old immunologist has served as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, and was placed on the White House’s Covid-19 response team under US President Donald Trump. Biden has since promoted Fauci to chief medical adviser to the president, during which time he has kept his place as NIAID director. In total, he’s worked the better part of six decades in the federal government.