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Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for 'defending science'

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections Fauci says some 'breakthrough' infections after vaccinations 'inevitable' Rand Paul calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant' MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, has won a $1 million Israeli prize for “defending science” throughout his career.

The Dan David Foundation, which is based at Tel Aviv University, said on Monday that Fauci has won the prize for “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis,” the Seattle Times reported

“As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, [Fauci] leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread,” the foundation’s awards committee said.

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Fauci has been at the forefront of the pandemic as he worked with former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE and President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE to protect the country from the coronavirus. 

Since the pandemic began, Fauci has become one of the most trusted voices on the pandemic, informing the public about the importance of masks and social distancing as well as coming up with plans for the coronavirus vaccine to be administered.

Fauci recently said that by April anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one. Currently, only those who are older and front-line workers are eligible for the vaccine. 

He’s also addressed reopening schools, saying that vaccines aren’t a requirement to reopen, but the stimulus bill needs to be passed so schools have the resources needed to safely open. 

The award is not only for his work with the coronavirus but also for his work on HIV and AIDS research.