'Everything he says is false': CDC director overheard criticizing Scott Atlas' views

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"Everything he says is false", Redfield said to a colleague, underscoring his concerns on Atlas' views on mask efficacy, herd immunity, and how COVID-19 affects young people.

A CDC spokesman sent a statement to NBC saying "NBC News is reporting one side of a private phone conversation by CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield that was overheard on a plane from Atlanta Hartsfield airport". After the flight, Redfield confirmed he'd been talking about Atlas in the overheard call.

The head of America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has accused Donald Trump's latest coronavirus adviser of giving the president "false" information.

"We're nowhere near the end", Dr Redfield said.

Trump has even corrected Redfield on multiple occasions, including recently when he said the career virologist was "confused" about when a coronavirus vaccine will be ready.

During a phone conversation on a commercial airplane late last week overheard by an NBC News reporter, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention slammed one of the White House's top Covid-19 advisers for providing President Donald Trump and the US public with misleading information about the deadly pandemic. He also confirmed after the flight that he was speaking about Atlas at the time. "I have never advised that, I have never advocated for that to the task force, I have never told anybody in the White House that that's what we should be doing", Atlas has said.

"Dr Redfield was having a private discussion regarding a number of points he has made publicly about COVID-19". "He understands, in a very common sense way, what the science shows and what should be done to save the American lives, and that's why I'm here", Atlas said.

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"Since his addition to the task force, Atlas has become the medical expert who spends the most time with the president, and his profile has been elevated in recent weeks by his appearing in the White House briefing room when Trump speaks with reporters", NBC reported.

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So just who is Dr Atlas?

Atlas was formerly the chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Centre, but this month dozens of the school's faculty signed an open letter denouncing him for spreading "falsehoods and misrepresentations of science".

In television appearances, he has called on the United States to "get a grip" and argued that "there's nothing wrong" with having low-risk people get infected, as long as the vulnerable are protected.

In an interview with NBC after the phone call, Redfield gave a grim assessment of the coronavirus pandemic that contradicts what Trump has publicly said.

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