Whistleblower: US failed to prepare, sought quick virus fix

 

Doug Mills – New York Times

President Donald Trump leaves a daily news conference about the coronavirus at the White House on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Dr. Rick Bright, who led the federal agency involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine, says that he was removed from his post after he pressed for rigorous vetting of hydoxycholoroquine, a coronavirus treatment embraced by Trump.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration failed to prepare for the onslaught of the coronavirus, then sought a quick fix by trying to rush an unproven drug to patients, a senior government scientist alleged in a whistleblower complaint Tuesday.

Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, alleges he was reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug pushed by President Donald Trump. He said the Trump administration wanted to "flood" hot spots in New York and New Jersey with the drug.

https://www.startribune.com/scientist-says-he-was-fired-after-concerns-over-malaria-drug/570212292/


 

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