McCance-Katz, who was named SAMHSA by Trump in 2017, acknowledged that children “in rare cases” get severe symptoms from the virus, but said “with a large, large majority of children, this is not a serious disease,” something Trump has also been repeated for several months.
“And when we put them in school with safety precautions, why can’t they go to school?” she said at one point in the interview.
“So lost in all this response to Covid and non-stop 24/7 horrors about Covid, and if you can not find anything to talk about, it seems like they make things up. It just does,” McCance- Katz at another point in the interview referring to media coverage of the pandemic.
McCance-Katz also expressed dismay at the way the states have tried to deal with the growing pandemic.
“There was no agreement on this non-stop restriction and quarantine and isolation and removing anything that makes people happy,” she said. “You can not go to a movie. You can not go to a football game.”
McCance-Katz, a psychiatrist with a Yale Ph.D. in epidemiology of infectious diseases, claimed at one point that the shutdown last spring was too severe.
“I want to say it,” she said. “We closed the whole country before the virus in my opinion had a chance to get around the whole country … We used a sledgehammer when I think we needed a scalpel.”
She challenged the shutdown itself, not the pandemic, actually killing thousands.
“When you shut down an entire healthcare system when you do, you’ll talk about the vulnerabilities, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease that put you at greater risk for disease and mortality from Covid, but you remove people’s ability to to get health care, ”she said.
“All you do is make sure that if they get infected, it will have the maximum possible negative effect on them, and it will end in death for thousands – which is what we see, and it’s just awful. . “
McCance-Katz argued that getting the economy and schools reopened is an integral part of Americans’ mental health.
Operation Warp Speed-head also criticizes media
In this podcast, Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical director, 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 am being attacked on a personal basis in a way that honestly distracts my energy and energy from all the teams that we work together to deliver and therefore reduces our chances or the speed with which we try to help humanity and the country solve and solve this problem, ”Slaoui said.
In both interviews, Caputo also attacked media coverage.
“And because this is the Trump administration, you do not know, I suppose, perhaps when you were offered the position, but part of the deal is that you go ahead and you attach a target to your back, right? Caputo Saoui asked.
“Yes. Honestly, I think I was naive when I made the decision,” replied Slaoui, who spent 30 years in the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, including as president of Global Vaccines.
“I thought the press was particularly informative, but I am now actually convinced that the press has only one goal, which is to shape opinions and to distort information in a way that makes it possible to shape an opinion,” Slaoui added. “And I find that unethical, extremely disappointing. And I really hope society will run towards changing it back to more normality.”
Caputo, meanwhile, said in his Facebook post Sunday that he was under attack from the media, that his physical health was in doubt, and that his “mental health has certainly failed.”