Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, key member of the White House coronavirus task force, and Brad Pitt look similar – well, sort of – mobilized his newfound celebrity for a couple of surprise investigations this week. Fauci addressed both Johns Hopkins University and his own alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross.
“I am deeply aware that graduating during this time and in this virtual way ̵
“But I encourage you to stay strong and bent. The country and the world need your talent, your energy, your determination and your character.”
Just a day earlier, Fauci dropped in for a remote address to Johns Hopkins.
“All of you, directly or indirectly,” he told the students, “will do your part with us others to get out in the shadow of this pandemic.”
A few months ago, the 79-year-old immunologist may have made for an unlikely celebrity guest at the start of college. But Faucy’s prominent role in President Trump’s frequent coronavirus investigations has made him one of the most recognizable doctors in the country – the subject of tribute songs, posters and even his own fan club.
In his comments about recent graduates at both schools, he emphasized that the global pandemic not only poses dangers but also opportunities to use the education and “moral mentoring” that they had worked so hard to get in the classroom.
“Now is the time, if there ever was one,” he told Holy Cross, “so that we would selflessly care about each other.”