Why the United States is better off as a nation without Dr Scott Atlas involved in public health policy, Dr Ashish K. Jha argues.
First published in November 2020.
Dr Scott Atlas’ resignation from the White House comes not a moment too soon. His time was marred by barrage of misinformation, from promoting anti-mask quackery to falsehoods about testing.
He repeatedly tweeted disingenuous ‘data’ and promoted widespread infections as a strategy.
He supposedly was a policy expert, but in my two decades of working on US health policy, he was never a serious player.
Scott Atlas rose to prominence after saying on TV what pandemic experts would never say, and found a buyer for his herd immunity strategy in Donald Trump.
Atlas elevated Sunetra Gupta, Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff... herd immunity advocates who wrote the shameful “Great Barrington Declaration”. They claimed to promote a “protect the vulnerable and let others get infected” strategy... but didn’t do much to protect the vulnerable.
Few people are as responsible for how badly things are going as Scott Atlas. His tenure on the federal payroll is truly awful. Claiming that he followed the science and actually doing so are not the same thing.
I wish him no ill will but our nation is better off without him involved in public health policy.🔷
- Herd immunity for COVID-19, by Talha Khan Burki | The Lancet
Dr Ashish K. Jha, Physician, health policy researcher. Dean of the School of Public Health, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University, Rhode Island.
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