McCance-Katz, who was appointed to SAMHSA by Trump in 2017, acknowledged that children get severe symptoms from the virus “in rare cases,” but said “with a large, large majority of children this is not a serious illness.” , something Even Trump has been repeating for months.
“And when we put them in school with security measures in place, why can’t they go to school?” he said at one point in the interview.
“So, lost in all this Covid response and non-stop 24/7 horrors of Covid and if you can’t find something to talk about, it seems to me that they make things up. They just do it,” he said. McCance-Katz to another point in the interview, referring to media coverage of the pandemic.
McCance-Katz also expressed dismay at the way states have tried to handle the growing pandemic.
“There was no agreement on this continuing restriction, quarantining and isolation and taking away everything that makes people happy,” he said. “You can’t go to the cinema. You can’t go to a football match.”
McCance-Katz, a psychiatrist with a Yale doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology, at one point argued that last spring’s shutdown was too bad.
“I’ll tell you,” he said. “We shut down the whole country before the virus, in my opinion, had a chance to bypass the whole country … We used a sledgehammer when I think we needed a scalpel.”
He advocated the closure itself, not the pandemic, it actually killed thousands of people.
“When you shut down an entire health system, when you do, you want to talk about vulnerabilities, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung diseases that put you at greater risk of morbidity and mortality from Covid, but you take away the capacity to receive health care, “he said.
“All you are doing is making sure that if they get infected, it will have the greatest possible negative effect on them and will end in death for thousands of people – which is what we are seeing, and it is just horrible.”
McCance-Katz argued that reopening the economy and schools is an integral part of American mental health.
The head of Operation Warp Speed also criticizes the media
In that podcast Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, also criticized the media, complaining at the time that he never expected to encounter what he considers unfavorable media coverage.
“I am amazed that I have been attacked on a personal basis in a way that, frankly, distracts my energy and energy from all the teams we are working with together to deliver, and therefore diminishes our chances or the speed with which we try to help the ‘humanity and the country to solve and address this problem, “Slaoui said.
In both interviews, Caputo also attacked media coverage.
“And since this is the Trump administration, you don’t realize it, I guess, maybe when you were offered the position, but part of the deal is that you go ahead and set a target in your back, right?” Caputo asked. Saoui.
“Yes. Honestly, I think I was naive when I made the decision,” replied Slaoui, who has spent 30 years at drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, also as president of global vaccines.
“I thought, you know, the press in particular was informing, but now I am convinced that the press has only one goal, which is to shape opinions and distort information in a way that allows to shape an opinion,” added Slaoui . “And I find it unethical, extremely disappointing. And I really hope society will lead to bring it back to normal.”
Caputo, meanwhile, said in his Facebook post Sunday that he was attacked by the media, that his physical health was in question, and that his “mental health has definitely failed.”