Fauci to a Meddling HHS Official: 'Take a Hike' - 2020-09-23

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F374.png Fauci to a Meddling HHS Official: 'Take a Hike' September 23, 2020, Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic

Yesterday, after weeks of reports about political interference in the efforts of government scientists and public-health experts to inform Americans about the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, directly addressed the two Trump-administration officials at the center of the recent controversy: Michael Caputo, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, and Caputo's former science adviser, Paul Alexander, who attempted to censor what scientists, including Fauci, said about the coronavirus.

"Caputo enabled Alexander," Fauci told me over email. "Alexander is the one who directly tried to influence the CDC (he may have succeeded, I cannot really say) and even me (I told him to go take a hike)."

Fauci's comments came after his appearance at The Atlantic Festival yesterday evening.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Alexis C. | last = Madrigal | title = Fauci to a Meddling HHS Official: 'Take a Hike' | url = https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/09/fauci-caputo-alexander-cdc-fda/616436/ | work = The Atlantic | date = September 23, 2020 | accessdate = December 19, 2020 }}