Stanford University on Monday tried to distance itself from Dr. Scott Atlas — a White House coronavirus task force member and research fellow at the school — after he called for Michigan residents to “rise up” against public health measures in the state.
“Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic,” university officials said in a statement.
“Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear. We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities.”
School officials stressed that Atlas’ statements reflected his personal views, and not those of Stanford or its Hoover Institution, where he’s currently on leave from his position as a senior fellow.
Atlas had criticized Michigan’s new COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday evening, shortly after they were announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
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