Dr. Anthony Fauci, 80, has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The private foundation credited Fauci with “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis,” in its statement. Fauci has served seven presidents and has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Previous recipients of the Dan David Prize include former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, novelist Margaret Atwood, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Dan David Prize, established in 2000, gives $1 million awards in three categories each year for contributions addressing the past, present and future.The foundation is based at Tel Aviv University, where it provides grants to a number of programs in the humanities and social sciences. In recent interviews, Fauci has acknowledged that it was difficult at times to work for Trump, who repeatedly played down the severity of the pandemic, dismissed the need for mask-wearing and often touted unproven scientific remedies, including injecting disinfectant.