White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that “herd immunity has never been a strategy” for the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, after the president claimed on Tuesday that the coronavirus would disappear when people develop “a herd mentality.”
Why it matters: A state of herd immunity, in which widespread outbreaks are prevented because enough people in a community are immune to a disease, would likely cause mass death if not pursued by way of a vaccine. The magic number often cited for herd immunity is a minimum of 60% of the population.
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump was using a ‘medical term’ when he said ‘herd mentality’ will defeat virus https://t.co/iDOagc1JkO
— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 16, 2020
On the day after world leaders met with Trump at the White House without a face mask in sight, reports that White House staffers have contracted COVID-19. @PressSec McEnany, a font of information, says she doesn’t comment on personal medical information.https://t.co/WyPm9IRlpi
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) September 16, 2020
.@johnrobertsFox: “Have any members of White House staff recently tested positive for coronavirus?”
.@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany: “I don’t share people’s personal medical information.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 16, 2020
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany declines to answer a reporter question if Caputo will be welcomed back to the department after his medical leave.
“I’m not going to weigh into any personnel matters,” McEnany said. https://t.co/1gorYVCjan
— David Lim (@davidalim) September 16, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump was using a ‘medical term’ when he said ‘herd mentality’ will defeat virus https://t.co/jC4MQiAnSq
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) September 16, 2020