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Dr. Scott Atlas, coronavirus adviser to president Donald Trump, resigned Monday and posted his resignation letter at 4:50 PM PT.
According to Fox News, Atlas’s term was set to conclude by the end of this week. Atlas was asked to serve the president back in August, and has since become a prolific figure of the Trump administration’s battle against COVID-19. In his resignation, Atlas assured the public that his singular focus was to “save lives and help the American people through the pandemic,” and that he had no intentions to be anything but politically objective, despite some critics who claim otherwise.
A number of Atlas’ critics claimed he was politically biased and that his policies had a political motive. Atlas addressed this critique in his letter, “As you know I always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence. As time went on, like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater public good.”
Since the assignation of Atlas, numerous concerns have been brought to the public’s attention. In a report done by NPR earlier this year, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told the publication that “He’s an MRI guy. If I was confused about some brain lesion and what the MRI findings were, I’d be happy to call him up.” Dr. Jha told NPR that Atlas had no expertise that would pertain to the pandemic and that much of the information that he has spread has been, “refuted week after week, month after month, since the beginning of this outbreak.”
Dr. Atlas was on leave from the Hoover Institution and was also affiliated to Stanford University. After Governor Whitmer announced that there would be a shutdown, Atlas urged people on twitter that, “The only way this stops is if people rise up…” Stanford University released a statement saying that Atlas’ views were inconsistent with the universities approach to the pandemic and that, “Dr. Atlas’s statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”
A member of president-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board, Dr. Celine Gounder, told the people in an interview on CNBC Monday night that she felt, “relieved that in the future people who are qualified, people who are infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists like me, will lead this effort to fight the pandemic.” Atlas, along with other members of the Trump administration, claim that he was well qualified for the job.
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