The director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, is resigning.
He will step down from his post by the end of 2021.
The announcement comes just weeks after documents exposed that he made “untruthful” comments in regards to research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Collins posted a statement on the National Institute of Health website:
“I love this agency and its people so deeply that the decision to step down was a difficult one, done in close counsel with my wife, Diane Baker, and my family. I am proud of all we’ve accomplished. I fundamentally believe, however, that no single person should serve in the position too long, and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future. I’m most grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.”
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