The life and work of Dr. Anthony Fauci during COVID-19 is the focus of the PBS film

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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC

LOS ANGELES >> Dr. Anthony Fauci and his tumultuous experience during the COVID-19 pandemic are the focus of a PBS documentary “American Masters.”

The film follows Fauci at home and at work for a period of 14 months from the inauguration of President Joe Biden in January 2021, PBS reported on Wednesday.

“Tony – A Year in the Life of Dr. Anthony Fauci” is set to debut on the PBS “American Masters” showcase in the spring of 2023, following a scheduled theatrical release.

It will show “a seldom seen side of the scientist, husband, father and public servant,” Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, told a television critics meeting.

Fauci, 81, the government’s top infectious disease expert, recently said he plans to retire by the end of Biden’s term in January 2025. He is director of the National Institute of allergies and infectious diseases since 1984 and has advised seven presidents.

The pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge to Fauci, his work and his reputation despite his years of widely respected public health service. He has led research on HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, Ebola, Zika and the coronavirus.

The film follows Fauci “in his home, in his office and in the halls of power as he struggles with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the political onslaught that is turning his life upside down and calling into question” his long career as a as the nation’s leading public health advocate, according to the announcement.

Mark Mannucci, who directed the 2019 documentary “American Masters” about Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson, directed and is producer of the film Fauci.