National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci is on his way out in December, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden announced on Monday.

Fauci became a household name at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but drew the ire of many due to contradictory statements while leading the charge on how to fight the spread of the virus.

"I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career," Fauci said in a statement.

Although the embattled infectious diseases doctor is retiring from the federal government, Fauci advised he was not done working in the science field.

"I want to use what I have learned as NIAID Director to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face future infectious disease threats," he added.

President Joe Biden sang Fauci's praises in a statement thanking him for his work during the pandemic.

"Because of Dr. Fauci's many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved," Biden said, per Axios.

The President continued, "I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him."

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