DC mayor honoring Fauci on 80th birthday with 'Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day'

DC mayor honoring Fauci on 80th birthday with 'Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day'
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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Overnight Health Care: Biden tells federal workers to get vaccinated or submit to testing | President calls on states to offer 0 vaccine incentives | DC brings back indoor mask mandate starting Saturday House GOP stages mask mandate protest MORE (D) said she would honor the nation's leading infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: US unlikely to return to lockdowns Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Fauci: Amount of virus in breakthrough delta cases 'almost identical' to unvaccinated MORE's 80th birthday Thursday with "Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day."

The mayor tweeted Wednesday, saying, "We are incredibly proud to count Dr. FauciAnthony FauciFauci: US unlikely to return to lockdowns Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Fauci: Amount of virus in breakthrough delta cases 'almost identical' to unvaccinated MORE among the many DC residents who are sacrificing so much to keep our communities healthy and safe."

Bowser issued a proclamation that Fauci's birthday, which falls on Christmas Eve, would be “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” in Washington, D.C., this year.

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As the leading infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force, Fauci has been a top source of public health guidance throughout the coronavirus pandemic, advising the nation on how to safely navigate one of the worst pandemics since the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Fauci has also served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and has advised six presidents during his tenure. Fauci has said he will serve as chief medical adviser for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE.

He and his spouse Christine Fauci have lived in the District since 1977, according to the mayor's proclamation.

"Dr. Fauci has been a shining light in dark times for the nation, promoting truth over fear and giving Americans hope in their government," Bowser added.

The mayor encouraged Washington residents to join her in the spirit of wishing Fauci a happy birthday on Thursday.