VIDEO: Dr. Fauci honored at 'COVID Heroes' ceremony: 'The vaccine is on its way folks, so hang in there'

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The nation's top infectious diseases expert, New York City native Dr. Anthony Fauci, was honored Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall for "COVID Heroes."

“I’m a Brooklynite through and through,” Fauci, who attended via Zoom, said. "When people ask me how I put up with all the stuff that goes on in Washington, I have two words for them — it’s called 'Brooklyn strong.'"

The gracious 79-year-old added, "I am particularly proud and happy to be joined by the other Brooklyn heroes who are standing behind you on the steps."

Dozens of other Brooklynites were honored at the ceremony, hosted by borough president Eric Adams.

"Dr. Fauci clearly showed the best qualities of Brooklynites," Adams said. "Being tough, tenacious and dogmatic and standing up for what is right in his determination to do what is needed and what must be done despite opposition."

And in a nod to Fauci's fractured relationship with President Trump, Adams said, "This is one president that truly loves you, Brooklyn Borough President, where it matters, Anthony Fauci will be celebrated in all of Brooklyn.”

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, concluded his remarks on a positive note.

"The vaccine is on its way folks, so hang in there, hang tough, we’re going to get over this together."

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