Video: 'Now more than ever, we need your resiliency'
NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, extends his gratitude to EMS providers during the NEMSMA Annual Meeting at Pinnacle
By Kerri Hatt
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, offered closing remarks for the NEMSMA Annual Member Meeting during the Virtual Pinnacle Leadership Summit, hosted by Fitch & Associates, on July 28, 2020.
Dr. Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Fauci extended his deep gratitude to EMS providers across the country for their extraordinary contributions to the U.S. public health response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Your competence in working on the front lines during the initial terrible surge of infections and deaths that overwhelmed hospitals and nursing homes, to the current resurgence of cases and hospitalizations certain regions of our country are experiencing today has been truly remarkable," he noted.
"Under extremely difficult conditions and at great risk to your own health, to bravely do your job day after day while caring for patients with a novel and highly transmissible pathogenic virus is an extraordinary demonstration of selflessness and compassion."
Dr. Fauci added, "to my mind, your courage and commitment are genuinely heroic. I am profoundly aware that this arduous fight to protect yourselves, those you love and your communities has likely caused many of you to feel mentally and physically exhausted. Please, hang in there. Now more than ever, we need your resiliency."
Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive research portfolio to prevent, diagnose and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. he has advised six U.S. Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues, and was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
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