Former President George W. Bush and Bono are praising Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA advisory panel scheduled to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill Feehery: Build back bipartisan Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE in a new sneak peek at a documentary about the nation's leading infectious diseases expert.
"Fauci says, 'Here are the facts, and here's my recommendation for a way forward,'" Bush said in a trailer released Tuesday for the National Geographic documentary "Fauci."
Bush awarded the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.
U2 frontman and activist Bono — who Fauci has said once ate pasta at his home as the pair discussed the HIV/AIDS crisis — also lauded the Brooklyn, N.Y., native.
"He becomes the size of the challenge he faces each time," said Bono, who was born Paul Hewson.
In clips from the documentary, Fauci's daughter is heard reflecting on the pushback and threats her father has faced from critics as one of the public faces of the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We heard about what he went through in the HIV/AIDS pandemic, like seeing signs, 'Fauci is a murderer,'" Fauci's daughter said. "I remember asking him, 'Is this actually what this was like?' He said, 'You can't even compare the two. It's so beyond the beyond.'"
National Geographic noted that Fauci wasn't paid to participate in the documentary and had "no creative control over the film" or an accompanying book about him being released to coincide with project.
"Fauci" is poised to premiere in select cities on Sept. 10, in theaters that "have mandated proof of vaccination for entrance."