Travel Dr. Fauci Is Donating His Favorite Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian
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, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is parting with an item close to his heart in the name of history.
Dr. Fauci donated his personal model of thehe used during the to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., this week. The model will become part of the museum's national medicine and science collections and feature in a future exhibit looking back on over 200 years of medicine in the U.S., according to a news release from the .
The model has been one of's most commonly used visual aids in explaining how the virus works to members of Congress, the press, and the public, per the Smithsonian. Produced with a 3D printer, it depicts the that causes COVID-19. And it includes a detailed depiction of the virus's distinctive , which sits on the surface of the virus and helps it bind to human cells (the first step in infection).
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In discussing why he chose the virus model to document his work during the pandemic, Dr. Fauci told, “I wanted to pick something that was really meaningful to me and important because I used it so often.” He added, “It’s a really phenomenally graphic way to get people to understand.”
made the commemorative contribution during a March 2 virtual ceremony during which the museum presented him with the Great Americans medal. Dr. Fauci, 80, was chosen to receive the honor “for his extraordinary leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and lifetime devotion to the treatment and eradication of infectious diseases,” according to the National Museum of American History's . (Previous recipients of the medal include Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, , and Paul Simon.)
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As thenotes, Dr. Fauci has led NIAID since 1984 and helped seven presidents navigate health crises in the U.S. and abroad—as well as contributed to and overseen important medical research on emerging and established infectious diseases, including , tuberculosis, and, most recently, .
“Dr. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” said museum director Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D. “His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a great American.”
Smithsonian receives vial from the first Covid-19 vaccine dose administered in the US .
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has received the vial from the first authorized Covid-19 vaccine dose administered in the United States, along with other artifacts related to the record-breaking vaccine process. © From Jaclyn Nash/National Museum of American History Empty vials of Covid-19 vaccine. Northwell Health, which administered the vaccine, donated the vial from intensive care unit nurse Sandra Lindsay's Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination. It also donated her vaccination record card, her scrubs, and her hospital identification badge.