Dr. Anthony Fauci has become one of the most recognizable faces of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But it was an earlier crisis that shaped his career – which is crucial to understanding his position today.
As the video above shows, the involvement of Dr. Fauci in the AIDS crisis, from the discovery of the virus to the present day, has affected his career and the way the disease is treated worldwide. That history, in turn, informs how we get to know and treat the coronavirus in the U.S. today.
In addition to scientific progress, AIDS also required bureaucratic changes in the government’s response to the disease. By negotiating these challenges, Dr. Fauci took his place in the public health system and changed the way AIDS was treated.
Watch the video above to see how.
A subject as broad as the AIDS crisis, even limited to the involvement of Dr. Fauci, could have an endless reading list, from primary sources such as The ACT UP historical archive or one of them Dr. Fauci’s early lectures on AIDS.
However, these books provide a particularly useful context about a complex story.
This book provides an exhaustive tour of the AIDS crisis from a drug research perspective, with extensive coverage of the NIH and the FDA.
This book goes beyond the 1980s period covered in this video to explore the long search for an AIDS vaccine. It is very useful as a history of pharmaceutical and governmental efforts.
This book and the documentary of the same name describe the activist history of the crisis with much research into the government’s response.
Written by a former NIH history director and Dr. Fauci, this is something like an “official” history of the AID crisis, from the beginning to the book’s publication date in 2012.