Dr Scott Atlas, the science advisor to Donald Trump, resigned at the end of his temporary government assignment. A Stanford University neuroradiologist leaves the White House due to his resisted stronger efforts to contain the COVID-19 epidemic, Associated Press said.
Trump’s science advisor Dr Atlar remains sceptical of measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic. His position became a reason to leave the White House post.
Dr Scott Atlas, in fact, had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, he is neuroradiologist who clashed with top government scientists like Dr Anthony Fauci as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Meantime, the virus has killed more than 267,000 US citizens.
In his tweet on Monday evening, Dr Atlas confirmed his resignation. this summer, the science advisor to President Trump has criticised efforts to encourage face coverings to slow the spread of the novel pathogen. Weeks ago, he responded to Michigan’s latest virus restrictions by encouraging people to “rise up” against the state’s policies.
Dr Atlas’ point of view remains sceptical
Commenting on his decision to resign, Dr Atlas defended said: “I cannot think of a time where safeguarding science and the scientific debate is more urgent.”
His sceptical views also prompted Stanford to issue a statement distancing itself from the faculty member. According to the scientists, Dr Atlas “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic”.
Dr Atlas was hired as a special government employee, which limited his service to government to 130 days in a calendar year – a deadline he reached this week.