Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, mentioned Tuesday that mounting accusations surrounding the company’s involvement in gain-of-function analysis and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had “absolutely” nothing to do along with his resignation.

The 71-year-old physician-geneticist, who oversaw the analysis heart for 12 years, introduced his resignation Tuesday, saying he’ll step down from his submit by the top of 2021.

“12 years is a long time,” Collins instructed “Your World” host Neil Cavuto later Tuesday. “No other NIH director has stayed in this job even close to that. And so, it’s time for new leadership, new vision. Institutions need that, especially scientific institutions.” 

Collins mentioned the NIH, which oversees 27 establishments and facilities throughout the nation, is in a “good place right now.”

“We have terrific leadership…and I’m not worried with COVID -19 [which is] still of course a huge challenge, that we would lose momentum if I stepped away by the end of the year. We’re okay. We’re doing what we need to scientifically, so it just seems like it’s time for me to step away, get back into my research lab and focus on interesting projects and figure out what I want to do when I grow up.”

Collins mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s technically his subordinate, tried to speak him out of retiring. 

“You think the science only takes over from here?” Cavuto requested.

“I think science and faith go hand in hand,” Collins mentioned. ” I don’t really want to see a future where one has to win and the other has to lose. They’re complementary. There’s different ways of looking for truths. Science is pretty good answers questions about how things work. You need faith to answer questions about why.”