Atlas joined the administration in August as a special government employee, meaning he was eligible for 130-day service. His term was due to expire this week, but he tendered his resignation, effective Tuesday, a White House official confirmed Monday evening.
The exit was first reported by Fox News, which obtained Atlas’s resignation letter.
“I have worked hard with one goal: to save lives and help Americans get through this pandemic,” he wrote, according to Fox.
“Over time, like all scientists and health policy specialists, I have learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information for the greatest good. public, ”Atlas wrote. “But, perhaps more than anything, my advice has always been focused on minimizing all the harms of the pandemic and of the structural policies themselves, especially for the working class and the poor.
Atlas has sparked controversy for his influence on the president’s thinking about the pandemic. He is not an expert on infectious diseases and he pushed the widely controversial theory of herd immunity in which some argue that older and at-risk populations should be protected while younger, healthier people are free. restrictions.