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Former National Health Institute Director Francis S. Collins. Graeme Jennings - Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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This former NIH chief went public with his prostate cancer to help others

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National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins served for 12 years under three presidents and presided over an expansion of the agency's budget and efforts to develop new cures to diseases. Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The NIH director on why Americans aren't getting healthier, despite medical advances

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National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is stepping down by the end of the year. Sarah Silbiger/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Francis Collins, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci are two of the most public faces of the U.S. fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Reynolds, Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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In The '24th Mile' Of A Marathon, Fauci And Collins Reflect On Their Pandemic Year

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The first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, receives an injection in May. Pfizer's candidate for a coronavirus vaccine is one of number that are in various stages of development around the world. University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP hide caption

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NIH Director Hopes For At Least 1 Safe And Effective Vaccine By Year's End

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Earlier this week, NIH temporarily halted work in the cell therapy lab of Dr. Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute, pending a review of safety standards there. Courtesy of National Cancer Institute hide caption

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Task Force Calls For More Safety Oversight At NIH Research Hospital

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The Clinical Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., is an internationally renowned hospital where patients are also research subjects. NIH/Flickr hide caption

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