Exclusive Preview: Santa Claus And COVID? The News with Shepard Smith Investigates

Santa has a clause when it comes to a pandemic. On tonight’s The News With Shepard Smith features a Santa Claus who says in order to save Christmas, it will be entirely up to the Santa community.

In TV Shows Ace exclusive clip below, we see that Santa (Rick Erwin) is busy not only checking his list, but making sure all working Santas get a first crack at any vaccines that are made available.

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This Christmas has a strange twist, professional Santa Claus Rick Erwin had a clause in his 2020 contract. It read that if he could not get a COVID vaccine his in-person events would have to be canceled.

He even reached out to President Trump in late summer, to ask if professional Santas could get vaccinated in the first wave like in previous pandemics.

He offered to deal with operation Warp Speed and was dealing with Michael Caputo in the Health and Human Services part of the Trump administration, but then Caputo disappeared and ceased communications, and Erwin was left holding the Santa toy bag.

The Wall Street Journal reported that:

…according to audio recordings of discussion of the plan, the deal would have been available to Mrs. Claus and elf performers, too. The idea was conceived by embattled Health and Human Services assistant secretary Michael Caputo prior to his leave of absence after a public meltdown last month in which he accused CDC scientists of sabotaging the Trump administration’s pandemic response. 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. (Erwin had pushed for early vaccinations for Claus and elf performers during an HHS advisory meeting in August.) Per the report: [Erwin] called the news “extremely disappointing,” adding: “This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won’t happen.”

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