Anthony Fauci is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is an immunologist who has made substantial contributions to research on AIDS and other immunodeficiencies. He has pioneered the field of human immunoregulation and developed effective therapies for formally fatal inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. In the field of AIDS research, he has helped contribute to an understanding of how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections.
He has also served as an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and has authored, coauthored or edited more than 1,100 scientific publications, including several textbooks. Dr. Fauci is a key advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues and public health protections against emerging infectious disease threats, such as pandemic influenza. He was educated at Cornell University Medical College and holds 32 honorary doctorate degrees.
Question: If you had $100 billion to give away, how would you spend it?
Anthony Fauci: Well again, I’d have to provincially stay within my field of which I know.
And if I had a hundred billion dollars to give away right now, I would quickly establish a strategic plan and an agenda to try and address both the low-hanging fruit of global health; things like malaria, bed nets, spraying indoors, getting drugs available, prevention of malaria in pregnant women.
I would put a full court press on AIDS prevention, both in this country [USA] and globally.
And I would try to fix some of those issues in countries that don’t have any sustainable infrastructure. I think with 100 billion dollars, you can get a lot of the countries that don’t have a sustainable infrastructure to make them a healthy nation or a healthy country or what have you, and help them to get there. So I would get a plan and start executing it immediately.
Recorded On: July 6, 2007