The war on Xmas continues as Santas aren’t essential workers, but VP Pence is, ignoring the guidelines to quarantine after being exposed to not an insignificant number of staffers infected by COVID19. Elves and Mrs. Claus could still be included in the unemployment figures for vaccine promotion. Despair still must be defeated, but at what cost beyond the original $250 million PR campaign.
The Department of Health and Human Services has ditched plans to have Santa Claus actors promote COVID-19 vaccination in exchange for early access to a vaccine the agency hoped would be approved by mid-November, The Wall Street Journal reports. Actors playing Mrs. Claus and elves would have also been included. The Journal says HHS secretary Alex Azar has denied any knowledge of the scheme, which Caputo set up with Rick Erwin, the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.
The order called the decision to cancel the plans “extremely disappointing.” The HHS plan was part of a larger $250 million PR campaign intended to “defeat despair, inspire hope and achieve national recovery.” Its main architect, Health and Human Services assistant secretary Michael Caputo, is now on medical leave.
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The GOP is not spending enough on despair:
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Florida men: (why yes, there was a Blight on a house)
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