(CNN)Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of a key federal office charged with developing medical countermeasures, will testify before Congress on Thursday that the Trump administration was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and warn that the the US will face “unprecedented illness and fatalities” without additional preparations.
“Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities,” Bright is expected to say Thursday, according to his prepared testimony obtained by CNN. “Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be darkest winter in modern history.”
Bright is set to testify Thursday morning before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s health subcommittee after he filed a whistleblower complaint last week alleging he was removed from his post in retaliation for opposing the broad use of a drug frequently touted by President Donald Trump as a coronavirus treatment.
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WNU Editor: Talk about gloom and doom. Here is what Dr. Rick Bright will be saying tomorrow …. READ: Rick Bright’s full House opening statement (CNN).
Update: His ex-colleagues are not impressed with him …. Colleagues paint a mixed picture of ousted vaccine chief (Politico).
Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound ‘darkest winter’ — AP
Whistleblower Rick Bright to testify before House subcommittee on Thursday — CBS
Ousted HHS official Rick Bright, in written testimony, says officials were ‘dismissive’ of his coronavirus warnings — FOX News
Rick Bright’s Grim Warning: “Our Window Of Opportunity Is Closing” — Vanity Fair