‘We Want Them All Infected’: HHS Distances Itself From Trump Appointee Who Repeatedly Pushed For ‘Herd Immunity’

On the Fourth of July 2020, a Trump appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services expressed his patriotism by encouraging as many Americans to contract the coronavirus as possible.

According to emails obtained by Politico, former science adviser Paul Alexander wrote to his boss — Health and Human Services assistant secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo — and other senior officials, encouraging the department to embrace a strategy of herd immunity: “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.” In the same message, the former professor of health research added, “Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk … so we use them to develop herd … we want them infected.”

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