Whistleblower Rick Bright told at a congressional hearing that the United States may face “the darkest winter” of recent time if it doesn’t improve its response to the pandemic. Rick earlier said that he was dismissed from his government post for raising concerns about COVID-19 readiness.
Hours after Mr Trump railed against him describing him as a “disgruntled employee” on Twitter, the whistleblower testified to a U.S. House of Representatives panel about the preparedness of the outbreak. Last month, bright was removed as
Hours after President Donald Trump railed against him on Twitter, whistleblower Rick Bright testified to a U.S. House of Representatives panel about readiness for the outbreak. He was the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA. It is a body of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for developing drugs to fight the coronavirus.
“What we do must be done carefully with guidance from the best scientific minds. Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to improve our response now, based on science, I fear the pandemic will get worse and be prolonged,” Bright said during his testimony. In the US, more than 1.4 million people have been infected by the deadly virus with over 82,000 deaths.
“He said ‘we are in deep shit. The world is. We need to act,'” Bright said.
“And I pushed that forward to the highest level that I could of HHS and got no response,” he added. Trump has already suggested reopening the economy which has been opposed by many. Bright claimed that the country still lacks a comprehensive plan for ensuring a supply of basic necessities like swabs to administer coronavirus tests. he was ousted from BARDA because he resisted efforts to push the drugs hydroxychloroquine and the related chloroquine as cures for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.