HHS Appointee Michael Caputo Taking 60-Day Medical Leave; POLITICO Examines Influence Over Coronavirus Messaging
POLITICO: ‘It just created a public relations nightmare’: Inside Michael Caputo’s time at HHS
“…On Wednesday, after POLITICO detailed Caputo’s efforts to interfere with the weekly scientific reports coming out of the CDC and a disastrous rant in which he accused health officials of plotting against Trump, the 58-year-old spokesman announced he was taking a 60-day medical leave. HHS officials are left to assess the damage to their credibility at a time when they need the public to accept the safety and effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine they choose as soon as next month. … But with Caputo out of the picture, it’s not clear that credibility can be restored so quickly…” (Diamond et al., 9/16).