Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, has contracted COVID-19. The fully vaccinated and double-boosted doctor is experiencing "mild symptoms," according to the NIH.
"Today, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test. He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms.
"Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home," the statement says.
Fauci "has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials," the statement continues.
"Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative.
Recently, Fauci said that the United States was no longer in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase," Fauci told PBS NewsHour. "Namely, we don't have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now."
"So if you're saying, 'Are we out of the pandemic phase in this country?' — we are," he said.
"We're in a somewhat of a transitional phase where the cases' numbers have decelerated — and hopefully we're getting to a phase of somewhat better control, where we can begin to start to resuming more easily normal activities," Fauci would later clarify.
"The United States and the entire world is still experiencing a pandemic, but there are different phases of the pandemic," he said. "And what we are in right now is somewhat of a transitional phase, out of the accelerated component into hopefully a more controlled component."
It is estimated that over 60 percent of the US's people, including 75 percent of children, have antibodies through vaccination or natural immunity.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.