A federal well being company halted a public-service coronavirus promoting marketing campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer cash after it provided a particular vaccine deal to an uncommon set of important employees: Santa Claus performers.
As a part of the plan, a prime Trump administration official wished the Santa performers to advertise the advantages of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in change, provided them early vaccine entry forward of most people, in line with audio recordings. Those that carry out as Mrs. Claus and elves additionally would have been included.
The Division of Well being and Human Providers mentioned Friday the Santa plan could be scrapped. The deal was the brainchild of the official, Michael Caputo, an HHS assistant secretary, who took a 60-day medical go away final month. The remainder of the marketing campaign now’s below an HHS overview.
The Santa “collaboration is not going to be taking place,” and HHS Secretary Alex Azar had no data of Mr. Caputo’s outreach discussions, an HHS spokesman mentioned. Mr. Caputo didn’t reply to requests for remark.