And now, he’s making sure his educational tool has a long life post-pandemic.
The donation came as Fauci was awarded the museum’s Great Americans medal for his work during the pandemic and on other diseases, including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
“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 Anthea Hartig, the Elizabeth MacMillan director at the museum. “His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American.”
Covid-19 models share a common trait
Fauci’s model was made with a 3D printer and portrays components of the complete, infectious form of the virus, including the spike protein responsible for the virus’ ability to latch onto cells and cause infection.
Fauci has used his model over the past 13 months in briefings to members of Congress, the press and the public, the museum wrote.
Fauci isn’t new to the Smithsonian
Fauci’s model will live in the national medicine and science collections at the Smithsonian — but it’s not his first appearance in the museum.
The Smithsonian houses other Fauci memorabilia, like a photo of a man sporting a “Fauci” t-shirt and a 1995 oral history featuring interviews related to the AIDS crisis.
Smithsonian curators are currently collecting items related to the pandemic for a future exhibition, “In Sickness and In Health,” which will memorialize 200 years of medicine in the US.
The museum said it will seek additional items related to Fauci’s public health work.
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