Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 10:19 AM PT — Thursday, April 2, 2020
The Department of Justice has approved a security detail for top White House coronavirus task force official Dr. Anthony Fauci.
According to reports Thursday, it approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for more than half a dozen special agents to provide protective services to Dr. Fauci.
This came amid reports the infectious disease expert has been receiving unspecified threats. When asked if the pressure of the job is affecting him in an interview Thursday, Dr. Fauci said there is “a lot of pressure,” but it’s the life he’s chosen.
“I’ve been through crises like this before dating back 37 years to the very beginning of the HIV epidemic,” he stated. “It’s a job to do and we’ve just got to do it.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also noted that Americans shouldn’t become discouraged over the possible projected death toll and said it’s within the public’s power to modify that.
Recent projections estimated that with mitigation the population could anticipate between 100,000 and 200,000 COVID-19-related deaths.