Washington, October 24, 2020. The Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Anthony S. Fauci received today, in the prestigious setting of Villa Firenze, residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Washington, the Res Publica 2020 Award.
Dr Fauci received the award for his professional commitment and civic sense during the fight against the pandemic in the USA.
The award ceremony was handed to Dr. Fauci by Dick Schmitt, representative of Res Publica. During the ceremony Ambassador Varricchio recalled the Italian origins of Dr. Fauci, underlining in particular “the enormous prestige and unanimous appreciation the Director the NIAID enjoys internationally, for his ability to speak with unparalleled clarity and scientific rigor.” Qualities back in 1988 led the then President of the Republic to award Fauci of the Order of Merit of the Republic in the rank of Commander.
Accepting the award, Fauci recalled the excellent scientific collaboration with Italy, underlining how “many Italians have worked in my laboratory and are now committed to fighting the pandemic in Italy. I am proud of what we have done together.”
The Res Publica Award, founded in 2017 by Antonio Costa, former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, aims to stimulate greater interest and attention to civic sense and personal, professional and collective integrity.
The video of the event can be found at the following link.