Fauci: The Virus Hunter
Premieres Monday, March 15 at 10 p.m.
Re-airs Wednesday, March 17 at 3:00 a.m.
FAUCI: THE VIRUS HUNTER Documentary Explores Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Life and Career
The one-hour documentary Fauci: The Virus Hunter provides an in-depth look at Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci’s life and career, from the groundbreaking clinical investigator whose work in vasculitis remains the standard of care to becoming director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and “America’s Doctor”, with two major health crises bookending his career, AIDS and COVID-19.
From his childhood in Brooklyn to present day, the documentary unveils the man behind the top U.S. infectious disease expert detailing his contributions to medicine throughout his extensive career which includes advising seven U.S. presidents against the world’s top virulent enemies and becoming a household name during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci: The Virus Hunter reveals the intrepid scientist and the family man. It offers viewers new insight into the man who began his medical career making deliveries by bicycle for his father’s pharmacy in Brooklyn and has strived to bring that level of direct connection to the public to promote facts over fear.
Interviews with Dr. Fauci’s colleagues and friends, including Dr. John I. Gallin, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center; Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and President Joe Biden's 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board; and Victoria Harden, retired Director of the Office of NIH History and the Stetten Museum at the NIH; along with archival footage and photos, give an expansive view of the depth and breadth of his contributions and service to the United States and the world. The documentary sheds light on the many battles fought, challenges overcome, and significant discoveries made during Fauci’s esteemed career. As one of the first researchers to recognize the significance of the HIV virus and the impact it would have, Fauci shifted the focus of his lab and ultimately his career from immunology to infectious disease, considered a risk at the time. Fauci: The Virus Hunter offers a look back at Dr. Fauci’s role in the fight during the 1980s AIDS, SARS, influenza viruses, Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19, intertwined with profiles of patients and advocates who worked with him and sometimes protested against him when the early stages of diseases had yet to reveal the best course of action to take.