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 a House watchdog 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, 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…” Alexander added.
“[I]t may be that it will be best if we open up and flood the zone
and let the kids and young folk get infected” in order to get
“natural immunity… natural exposure,” Alexander wrote on July
24 to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn,
Caputo and eight other senior officials.