What you need to know about Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Jen Ashton shares some facts you might not know about the acclaimed immunologist.
2:30 | 07/29/20

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Some of the major developments we are tracking, now more than 660,000 deaths worldwide from coronavirus. That number in the U.S. Closing in on 150,000 as more than 1.3 million Americans recover. With me here is ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton, and, Dr. Jen, we know we heard from president trump yesterday. He spoke about the high approval rating of Dr. Anthony Fauci. A lot of people were not familiar with Dr. Fauci before this pandemic. But he is definitely not new on the scene. What do we know about his background? Well, Amy, he is absolutely not new on the scene and he's been a legend in medicine for quite some time so here's what we know about him. Dr. Fauci 101, so to speak, first of all, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. He's Italian. Many people know that. He was captain of his high school basketball team at a height of 5'7" which is pretty impressive, even more impressive, he graduated number one from his class from Cornell which is not easy to do and he is married to a nurse and bioethicist and is the father of three adult daughters. A bunch of fun facts. Before this pandemic Dr. Fauci was actually headlined for his work against a completely different virus. Right, hiv/aids. So in terms of his medical and professional background, he is literally considered to be one of the godfathers of -/AIDS research worldwide and director of the niaid at nih since 1984 and served six presidents and one of the many times I had the privilege of meeting with him, he shared with me that he actually participated in the direct clinical care of one of our ebola patients here in the United States so he is still at the bedside despite all of the things that he juggles on a daily basis. That is quite the resume. And today, we should mention, you are doing an Instagram live with Dr. Fauci at 12:45 P.M. Eastern time from the ABC news Instagram account. I know you've met with him and interviewed him several times, so what are you going to be asking him today? Well, obviously what the latest on the coronavirus pandemic is, both here and across the world. I want to ask him his insights on influenza because that is coming around the corner sooner than we'll know it it'll be here, and then we're going to wrap up with some personal questions. I don't want to give too much away, but I absolutely will ask him about his personal wellness routines because at almost 80 years of age, he is arguably in better shape than most people half his age. Wow. Well, we will all be watching. Thank you for that, Dr. Jen.

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