America's love affair with an elderly epidemiologist

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr Anthony Fauci. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Online marketplace Etsy now offers more than 3,000 items dedicated to the doctor, who has been in the public eye for decades.
  • On Facebook, the "Dr Anthony Fauci Fan Club" has more than 79,000 members.
  • Probably no one expected this soft-spoken man who first rose to prominence during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s to become a pop culture icon.

Move over, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There is a new feisty super senior in Washington who is captivating American hearts.

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