The Trump administration ignored the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and put American citizens infected with the coronavirus on a plane full of healthy people, despite the risk that they could spread the infection, according to The Washington Post.
The CDC wanted to keep 14 coronavirus-infected Americans in Japan instead of flying them home because they could infect healthy people. However, the State Department believed it could bring the infected Americans home by placing them in a designated section of the aircraft, The Post reports.
“It was like the worst nightmare,” said a senior U.S. official who was involved with the decision. “Quite frankly, the alternative could have been pulling grandma out in the pouring rain, and that would have been bad, too.”
The officials refused to say whether the state Department even considered using a designated plane to evacuate the infected citizens without putting healthy Americans at risk.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.