Report on White House mismanagement of coronavirus pandemic

Lost in last week’s January 6th hearings and the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade was a report published by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic that details the role of Dr. Scott Atlas in rewriting the federal government’s coronavirus strategy — arguably spreading the virus more broadly and contributing to over 1 million deaths to-date from the virus.

The report explains that beginning in August 2020 Atlas pushed a dangerous belief that the best and fastest way to get the pandemic behind us was to reach natural “herd immunity”: get as many people infected with COVID as quickly as possible so their post-infection immunity would protect them and ultimately reduce the spread of the virus. To that end, he rewrote Trump administration policies to discourage mask use, reduce testing, and stop isolation of close contacts of those who contracted the virus.

Dr. Atlas is a neuroradiologist, with no background in epidemiology or infectious disease.

You can read the Committee’s press release here, which includes links to transcripts of the Committee’s interviews with Atlas, former CDC Director Redfield, former White house advisor Dr. Birx, and others.

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