WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A whistleblower said he was removed from government office for fear of coronavirus preparations told a congressional hearing on Thursday that the United States could face. a darkest winter recently if it doesn't improve its response to a pandemic.
Hours after President Donald Trump raged against him on Twitter, accuser Rick Bright testified before a US House of Representatives committee on readiness for the outbreak.
Bright was removed last month as director of the Advanced Biomedical Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for developing medicine to fight coronavirus.
What we do must be done carefully with guidance from the best scientific minds. Our opportunity window is closed. If we don't improve our response now, based on science, I'm afraid the pandemic will get worse and last longer, then Mr. Bright Bright said in his testimony, this is happening.
The pandemic infected nearly 1.4 million people in the United States, cutting off the economy and killing more than 82,000 people.
Bright testified to the health subcommittee that he would never forget an e-mail he received in January from a US-level medical mask provider warning of a shortage. serious.
He said, we are deep. The world is. We need to act, rush straight. I and I pushed it to the highest level I could of HHS and there was no response.
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