Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's coronavirus adviser

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Dan Diamond

Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's coronavirus adviser

Senior medical experts also battled with Atlas after he appeared to advocate the concept of “herd immunity” — the controversial theory that the United States can quickly and safely achieve widespread immunity to the coronavirus by allowing it to spread unfettered among healthy people.

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Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution, has been repeatedly denounced by Stanford faculty, and the school sought to distance itself from his statements after he downplayed the value of masks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Atlas joined the administration as a Special Government Employee, and his 130-day detail will run out this week — although some SGEs stay for much longer, an administration official noted to POLITICO.

There’s “really nothing left for him to advise on,” added a senior administration official who’s been in meetings with Atlas. The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines means that herd immunity is likely coming the traditional way, the official said — through widespread vaccination, rather than the approach advocated by Atlas.

Meanwhile, Trump’s interest in “an alternate reality” on the coronavirus outbreak has waned in recent days, the senior official said, with the president increasingly focused on contesting the election results. “Both sides seemed to reach the end of their utility to each other,” the senior official said.

Fox News first reported Atlas’ departure.

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