Reprinted with permission from Alternet
According to a new report from POLITICO, a former top Trump appointee urged for health officials to adopt a "herd immunity" approach to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing for millions of people to be infected.
"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, and six other senior officials.
"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…" he added.
The news sparked a wave of outrage from President Trump's critics on Twitter.
Most experts think herd immunity with no vaccine would cost 2.5 MILLION lives. Here is an advisor to the presiden… https://t.co/oXprRbXJBj— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1608139340.0
WHAT? "There's no other way, we need to establish herd, & it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups exp… https://t.co/QjnjHMEjKS— Dr. Beth S. Linas(she/her) (@Dr. Beth S. Linas(she/her)) 1608140051.0
This is some mad scientist stuff right here from “science” advisor Paul Alexander: “Infants, kids, teens, young pe… https://t.co/YAs8YTUuFw— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo) 1608139796.0
this seemingly has been the strategy for months, but putting "we want them infected" in writing is still devastatin… https://t.co/ZMq9K7jqnG— Max Tani (@Max Tani) 1608139622.0
Please jail them all for the rest of their lives. https://t.co/7dGNOo03YY— Ok... Maybe Jared Goff can stay... (@Ok... Maybe Jared Goff can stay...) 1608139584.0
America has the worst outbreak of COVID in the world. Why? Because the GOP policy was "we want them infected" https://t.co/gp4E2N4H5E— Jesse Ferguson (@Jesse Ferguson) 1608139460.0
This hurts to read. “We need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose t… https://t.co/Awha5Bzq4j— Eric Conrad (@Eric Conrad) 1608139098.0
This is insane. trump better not be able to get away with this! I can’t wait to see this traitor in prison. https://t.co/aPAyaNSMgN— Rogue Alien (@Rogue Alien) 1608140090.0
Not only is this a violation of ethics (biomedical and otherwise), it represents an incomprehensively naïve view of… https://t.co/bJPy9jWw0i— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman)))) 1608139893.0
"As the virus spread through the country, these officials callously wrote, 'who cares’ and ‘we want them infected.,'" reacts @WhipClyburn.— Steve Herman (@Steve Herman) 1608139821.0
Think about this. Monstrous... https://t.co/iLZcOeLYQZ— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼) 1608139678.0
If it felt like the Trump Administration WANTED you to get COVID, it’s because they did. https://t.co/4xMIZr7U9a— kristen johnston (@kristen johnston) 1608139958.0
Put them in jail https://t.co/RMP2EuUgOO— Mike 🌈 (@Mike 🌈) 1608140092.0