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.
The money went to unrelated government activities like the removal of office furniture, news subscriptions and legal expenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The evolving story of this drug represents one failure after another among government officials, physicians and the media.
“The darkest winter in modern history” may soon be upon us, while Trumpists are obsessed with a new conspiracy theory.
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.
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.
The chief operating officer will be an Army general who specializes in logistics.
The administration kneecaps experts as the coronavirus rages.
The allegations suggest personal clashes influenced how the administration responded to the pandemic.
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.
A cult of personality is no match for a pandemic.
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.
“Their only option is to play dumb and hope Trump gets distracted by a Filet-O-Fish or something,” Jimmy Kimmel joked Thursday night.
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.
Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.