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Doctor says he was removed from federal post after opposing funding for unproven drugs

Doctor says he was removed from federal post after opposing funding for unproven drugs

Dr. Rick BrightThe former head of the federal office  that will be at the forefront of developing a cure for COVID-19 said he  was forced out after he prioritized science instead of promoting  unproven treatments.

Rick Bright told The New York Times he was removed as the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and  Development Authority (BARDA) because he limited the broad use of  chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two drugs that President Trump repeatedly pushed as potential cures without evidence.

Bright was moved to a narrower job at the National Institutes of Health.

“I believe this transfer was in response  to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars  allocated by Congress to address the Covid-19 pandemic into safe and  scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other  technologies that lack scientific merit,” he said in a statement to the  paper.

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