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Santa actors were offered early vaccine as part of scrapped federal PSA campaign: HHS

Federal health officials in a scrapped $250 million promotional campaign offered professional Santa Claus actors early access to a vaccine in exchange for participating in pro-vaccine public service announcements.

Santa Claus actors were offered early access to a future COVID-19 vaccine as part of a scrapped $250 million PSA campaign by federal health officials. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 25 (UPI) — Federal health officials in a scrapped $250 million promotional campaign offered professional Santa Claus actors early access to a vaccine for COVID-19 in exchange for participating in pro-vaccine public service announcements, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.

Santa Claus actors, as well as those playing Mrs. Claus and Christmas elves, were to be hired as part of a cancelled celebrity campaign to promote getting vaccinated, an HHS official told the New York Times.

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The campaign was envisioned by President Donald Trump’s then-appointee Michael Caputo, a former HHS assistant secretary, who has been on medical leave since September after being diagnosed with cancer and posting conspiracy theories on his Facebook page, including a video accusing the Centers of Diseaseā€¦

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