Francis Collins, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, (NIH), held a Covid-19 model while he spoke at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 2, 2020.
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National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins – who has helmed the agency for 12 years and became a crucial source for information on the Covid-19 pandemic – said Tuesday he is stepping down by the end of the year.
Collins, who is 71 years old, stated that it was an honor to have led this agency for over a decade. “I am so passionate about this agency and the people it represents that I had to take the difficult decision of stepping down. This was done with close guidance from my wife Diane Baker and my entire family. We have achieved so much together that I’m proud.
Collins, the 16th director of NIH, was appointed by President Obama. Barack Obama2009 Former President asked him to keep his job. Donald TrumpAnd in 2021 by the President Joe BidenHe was. He is the president’s first NIH director appointed to more than one government.
Interview with the Washington PostCollins published his thoughts late Monday night. He said that he was considering whether to resign in May but decided this year would be the right time.
According to him, “There is a moment when an institution like NIH really gains from new visions and new leadership.” This was the perfect timing.”
Collins was the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the global project to map and document the human genome.
Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases were fierce advocates of people wearing masks and getting vaccinated during the pandemic.