Rick Bright, director of key Trump administration vaccine agency, suddenly departs - 2020-04-21
(CNN) The director of the agency responsible for leading the charge on the production and purchase of vaccines in the Trump administration is no longer leading the agency as of Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.
Dr. Rick Bright had led the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which has been central to the response to the coronavirus outbreak , since 2016. An acting director has taken over in his position, though the reason behind Bright's sudden departure is still unclear.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Bright's move in a statement to CNN and said he will now lead a new government project: a public-private partnership on vaccine development and treatment.