A top Trump appointee repeatedly urged top health officials to adopt a “herd immunity” approach to Covid-19 and allow millions of Americans to be infected by the virus, according to internal emails obtained by the House Oversight Committee and shared with POLITICO.
“There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,” then-science adviser Paul Alexander wrote on July 4 to his boss, Health and Human Services assistant secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo (photo), and six other senior officials.
Read the full article. Alexander was the top aide to Caputo, who himself was hired after Trump saw his appearances on Fox News. Alexander left HHS in September after it was revealed that he had to tried influence CDC reports on COVID mortality rates. Caputo is currently on medical leave following a cancer diagnosis after a highly publicized series of scandals at HHS.
‘We want them infected’: Trump appointee demanded ‘herd immunity’ strategy, emails reveal
Then-HHS science adviser Paul Alexander called for millions of Americans to be infected as means of fighting Covid-19.
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