Former BARDA director settles whistleblower case on Trump's mismanagement of the pandemic
Rick Bright, the nation’s former top vaccine expert, has reached a settlement with the HHS regarding his allegations that the department retaliated against him for blowing the whistle about the Trump administration’s inadequate and irresponsible response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from Bright’s attorney Debra Katz.
Back in May 2020, Bright officially blew the whistle over concerns that he was involuntarily removed from his position as director of BARDA and transferred to the NIH without any advance warning. According to his whistleblower complaint, Bright said he was pushed out because of his efforts “to prioritize science and safety over political expediency and to expose practices that posed a substantial risk to public health and safety, especially as it applied to chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, rankled those in the Administration who wished to continue to push this false narrative.”
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