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Officials scrap plan to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access

Added 10-26-20 01:18:02am EST - “A federal health agency on Friday nixed a plan by a Trump administration official to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access in exchange for their participation in a controvers?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Officials scrap plan to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal health agency on Friday nixed a plan by a Trump administration official to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access in exchange for their participation in a controversial federal public service campaign, a new report said.

Under the Santa plan, drawn up by Michael Caputo, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, the St. Nick lookalikes would have promoted the benefits of a coronavirus vaccine at rollout events in dozens of cities, according to phone recordings obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Ric Erwin, the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, told the newspaper that Caputo outlined the plan to him on a late August phone call.

Erwin said about 100 Santas had agreed to participate in the plan with the anticipation they would receive COVID-19 vaccines before Thanksgiving.

But the proposed collaboration, which President Trump was reportedly never informed of, was scrapped Friday by HHS.

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