“We wish them to get contaminated,” the Trump HHS-appointed worker stated in an electronic mail to reveal infants, youngsters and adolescents to Covid
Former Trump Campaign employee Michael Caputo arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on July 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Department of Health and Human Services top Trump officials this summer repeatedly urged the adoption of a Covid-19 strategy in the US that will keep businesses open while exposing “infants, children, adolescents” and others to the virus, to achieve this – referred to as herd immunity, according to emails from the House legislature.
Rep. James Clyburn, chairman of the select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis who received the emails, said the documents showed “a harmful pattern of political interference by administrative officials”.
The emails emerged as part of an investigation into political interference by the Trump administration after former HHS academic adviser Paul Alexander and Trump’s longtime ally Michael Caputo were accused of getting into the job this summer of professional scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Alexander was ousted when Caputo left HHS on vacation in September.
Alexander wrote in a July 4 email to Caputo and six other HHS communications officials that the US must establish herd immunity by “allowing non-high-risk groups to expose themselves to the virus.”
“Infants, children, adolescents, young people, young adults, middle-aged people without conditions, etc. have little to no risk … so we use them to develop a flock … we want them to become infected … and recover … with antibodies, “he wrote.
Alexander later brought the proposed strategy to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, as another email shows.
“It may be best that we open up and flood the zone and let the children and young people infect while we acutely imprison the elderly and at risk” in order to achieve “natural immunity … natural exposure” he wrote to Hahn, Caputo, and other HHS officials on July 24. Caputo asked Alexander to dig deeper into the idea, as further emails show.
Caputo, who was recruiting Alexander, left HHS for a 60-day medical vacation in September after saying in a video posted on his personal Facebook page that CDC scientists were involved in “riot” against Trump. Alexander was removed from his post in the same announcement.
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