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Virus Whistleblower Resigns, Calls Out Trump Administration

Rick Bright says he was forced out

(Newser) - A high-ranking government whistleblower who alleges the Trump administration fumbled its coronavirus response resigned Tuesday, saying he has been forced out. Lawyers for Dr. Rick Bright said he was sidelined at the National Institutes of Health, where he had been transferred this spring after being ousted as head of a... More »

More Bad News for Hydroxychloroquine

FDA pulls the plug on its emergency use for COVID-19 patients

(Newser) - The FDA is out with a clear new directive on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine: stop using it on COVID-19 patients. The agency has concluded that the anti-malarial drug and the related chloroquine "are unlikely to produce an antiviral effect," reports Politico . "Nor is it reasonable to believe... More »

In 3 Tweets, Trump Responds to Whistleblower on 60 Minutes

President isn't happy with 'disgruntled' Rick Bright, or with '60 Minutes' for airing Bright interview

(Newser) - Vaccine expert Rick Bright, the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who was ousted by the Trump administration in April, testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday that if a cohesive national response isn't set up soon to address the coronavirus pandemic, things could get "... More »

Big Lines in Virus Whistleblower's Testimony

Trump rebukes Rick Bright as 'disgruntled'

(Newser) - More high-profile testimony on the coronavirus took place on Capitol Hill Thursday, this time from Rick Bright, the vaccine official who says he was ousted from his government post for defying the White House on its coronavirus response. Bright hit some key points in advance excerpts , in which he warned... More »

Ousted Vaccine Chief Will Warn of 'Darkest Winter'

Rick Bright is set to testify before Congress on Thursday

(Newser) - Rick Bright, ousted chief of a government agency fighting the pandemic, is set to deliver sobering warnings when he testifies before Congress on Thursday. The virologist will warn that without a coordinated, science-based national response, "the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities,... More »

There's a Secondary Vaccine Problem

World has a shortage of glass vials, stoppers

(Newser) - As pharmaceutical companies around the world race to create a coronavirus vaccine , the alarm is being raised about a problem that may sound small but actually looms large: The world doesn't have enough glass vials to store a vaccine in—and a glass shortage complicates hopes of a quick... More »

Reinstate Vaccine Expert During Investigation, Watchdog Says

Rick Bright's complaint charges Trump fired him after he differed on hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - The Office of Special Counsel is investigating whether the Trump administration was retaliating against a vaccine expert when it ousted him from an important job in the coronavirus battle. While that investigation is going on, the federal watchdog says, Rick Bright should be put back in his post atop the... More »

Ousted Official Says Trump Wanted to 'Flood' NY With Drug

Rick Bright has filed a whistleblower complaint

(Newser) - America's fight against the coronavirus has been hindered by incompetence and corruption, according to the ousted head of the government unit in charge of preparing for pandemics. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, filed a whistleblower complaint Tuesday, alleging that he was demoted... More »

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