UPDATE: Trump health official Caputo to take leave of absence after blasting government scientists
Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary of health for public affairs, will take a 60-day leave of absence "to focus on his health and the well-being of his family," a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. Caputo has been accused (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hhs-aide-caputo-keeps-job-after-apologizing-for-claiming-cdc-conspiracy-post-election-insurrection-2020-09-15) of trying to muzzle an important scientific report in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and apologized Tuesday for a separate video in which he reportedly says scientists battling the virus are conspiring against President Donald Trump. HHS also said Dr. Paul Alexander, who reportedly pressured officials (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/11/exclusive-trump-officials-interfered-with-cdc-reports-on-covid-19-412809) to alter a key CDC report, is leaving the department.
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