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Yale Professor: Can US Officials Be Prosecuted for Virus Response?

Yale Professor: Can US Officials Be Prosecuted for Virus Response?
Gregg Gonsalves of Yale University is questioning why officials are so eager to reopen the country while people nationwide continue to die of COVID-19.

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2020 08:54 AM EDT

An AIDS activist and assistant professor of public health characterized the coronavirus pandemic and America's response to it as "mass death by public policy."

Gregg Gonsalves of Yale University posted a series of tweets that questioned why officials are so eager to reopen the country while people nationwide continue to die of COVID-19.

"How many people will die this summer, before Election Day? What proportion of the deaths will be among African-Americans, Latinos, other people of color? This is getting awfully close to genocide by default. What else do you call mass death by public policy?" Gonsalves wrote.

He added, "So, what does it mean to let thousands die by negligence, omission, failure to act, in a legal sense under international law?"

Gonsalves closed the thread by wondering whether U.S. officials could be "held responsible" for their virus response.

"And I am being serious here: what is happening in the US is purposeful, considered negligence, omission, failure to act by our leaders. Can they be held responsible under international law?"

Gonsalves also tweeted an article posted on The American Prospect, a left-leaning magazine, titled, "Unsanitized: We Are Moving Confidently and Proudly Into Mass Death."

The coronavirus has sickened more than 1.2 million Americans, more than 72,000 of whom have died. A recently leaked projection by the Trump administration indicated that officials are worried the virus will kill 3,000 Americans every day by the end of May.

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