Head of Coronavirus Vaccine Research Says He Was Demoted for Questioning Drug Favored by Trump - 2020-04-22
The doctor in charge of the federal agency overseeing research into a coronavirus vaccine said on Wednesday he was forced out of the job after questioning the efficacy of an anti-malarial drug favored by the president.
Dr. Rick Bright was "involuntarily transferred" last week from the Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to a role with fewer responsibilities at the National Institute of health after advocating for more stringent study of hydroxychloroquine, according to a statement from his lawyer, first reported on by The New York Times.
"Science—not politics or cronyism—has to lead the way," Bright said in the statement. "Science, in service to the health and safety of the American people, must always trump politics."