Vaccine whistleblower warns Trump leading America blindly into ‘darkest winter’ of coronavirus death and devastation

by Editorial Team

Think the coronavirus spring was bad? Wait till the “darkest winter” of 2021.

A fired top vaccine expert says President Trump is blindly leading America toward a second wave of mass death and devastation much worse than anything the nation has seen so far.

Rick Bright, who says he was ousted for resisting Trump’s push to hype a favored “miracle” cure for coronavirus, will tell a Congressional hearing on Thursday that the White House has turned its back on public health science and failed to prepare for a coming storm that could kill millions more.

“Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be the darkest winter in modern history,” Bright said in a three-page written opening statement for the hearing of a House of Representative health subcommittee.

Invoking Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bright said the government must start planning urgently for a new round of the pandemic that would make the current death toll of about 83,000 seem like child’s play.

“Our window of opportunity is closing,” Bright said in the statement. “If we fail to develop a nationally coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities.”

Bright, a career public health expert, served for more than three years as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the main government group in charge of vaccine policy and development.

He was shunted to a lesser role in April by his bosses at the Department Health and Human Services after he resisted Trump’s effort to promote the use of the anti-malaria drug chloroquine as a “miracle” cure for coronavirus.

Trump and some right-wing allies inexplicably touted small studies to claim the unproven treatment might stop the pandemic in its tracks. The president has not mentioned the drug recently after larger studies found no benefits and pointed to potentially life-threatening complications.

Bright also says he was fired because of what he called his early and dire warnings about coronavirus when Trump and other top officials were claiming it was not a matter of major concern.

The ousted scientist said the White House should be working urgently to get ready for the coming second wave instead of repeating the mistakes of last winter, when Trump effectively sought to wish away the pandemic.

“The world is confronting a great public health emergency which has the potential to eclipse the devastation wrought by the 1918 influenza which globally claimed over 50 million lives,” Bright said. “We face a highly-transmissible and deadly virus which not only claims lives but is also disrupting the very foundations of our societies.”

Trump has branded Bright a “disgruntled employee,” and GOP lawmakers may question him about reports that he was considered a bullying boss by some underlings at BARDA.


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