How Emergent BioSolutions Put an ‘Extraordinary Burden’ on the U.S.’s Troubled Stockpile

The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve.

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Millions Meant for Public Health Threats Were Diverted Elsewhere, Watchdog Says

The money went to unrelated government activities like the removal of office furniture, news subscriptions and legal expenses.

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Whistle-Blowing Scientist Quits Government With Final Broadside

Dr. Rick Bright, who said he was demoted at the health department for blowing the whistle on a politicized coronavirus response, remains concerned about White House interference.

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How Novavax Won $1.6 Billion From Operation Warp Speed For Coronavirus Vaccine

Novavax just received the Trump administration’s largest vaccine contract. In the Maryland company’s 33-year history, it has never brought a vaccine to market.

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Trump Hydroxychloroquine Push Secured Millions of Likely Useless Coronavirus Pills

Before the F.D.A. withdrew its waiver to stockpile the drugs as coronavirus treatments, the Trump administration had embarked on a headlong effort to import tens of millions of doses.

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Could Trump Turn a Vaccine Into a Campaign Stunt?

In a desperate search for a boost, he could release a coronavirus vaccine that has not been shown to be safe and effective as an October surprise.

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The Risks of Trump’s Hydroxychloroquine Hype

The evolving story of this drug represents one failure after another among government officials, physicians and the media.

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Obamagate Is a Fake Scandal. Rick Bright Described a Real One.

“The darkest winter in modern history” may soon be upon us, while Trumpists are obsessed with a new conspiracy theory.

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Jimmy Kimmel Finds a Silver Lining in Whistle-Blower’s Testimony

Dr. Rick Bright said America could be facing its “darkest winter.” “The good news is, it sounds like he’s saying we might make it to winter,” said Kimmel.

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‘Lives Were Lost’ as Warnings Went Unheeded, Whistle-Blower Tells House

Dr. Rick Bright testified that he made early appeals that the Trump administration prepare for the coronavirus. President Trump and his health secretary snapped back.

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Trump Picks Ex-Drug Company Executive to Lead Accelerated Coronavirus Vaccine Effort

The chief operating officer will be an Army general who specializes in logistics.

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We’re All Casualties of Trump’s War on Coronavirus Science

The administration kneecaps experts as the coronavirus rages.

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Whistle-Blower Exposes Infighting and Animus in Trump’s Coronavirus Response

The allegations suggest personal clashes influenced how the administration responded to the pandemic.

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Who is Rick Bright? The Coronavirus Whistle-Blower Who Said The Trump Administration Steered Contracts to Cronies

Rick Bright, the ousted chief of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, said he was pressured to steer millions of dollars to the clients of a well-connected consultant.

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Coronavirus and the Price of Trump’s Delusions

A cult of personality is no match for a pandemic.

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F.D.A. Warns of Heart Problems From Malaria Drugs Used for Coronavirus

The drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, have been repeatedly promoted by President Trump. But they should be used only in clinical trials or hospitals, the agency said.

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Late Night Feels for Doctors Working Under Trump

“Their only option is to play dumb and hope Trump gets distracted by a Filet-O-Fish or something,” Jimmy Kimmel joked Thursday night.

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House to Examine Ouster of Health Official Who Doubted Drugs Trump Pushed

The chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee said she planned to hold hearings on Rick Bright’s dismissal as the head of an agency helping to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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Coronavirus Vaccine Doctor Says He Was Fired Over Doubts on Hydroxychloroquine

Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

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