A government doctor who claims he was demoted for resisting the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients has lawyered up with the same attorneys who represented Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Dr. Rick Bright says he was demoted from his position as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), an office involved in developing a vaccine, and sent over to a lesser position at the National Institutes of Health after he clashed with political appointees in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where BARDA is located.
In a statement, Bright — who also holds the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in HHS — claimed that the broad use of the drug lacks “scientific merit” and that the Trump administration was allegedly putting “politics and cronyism” ahead of science.
He insisted that federal money instead should be invested in “safe and scientifically vetted solutions.”
Bright added that he insisted that hydroxychloroquine be only prescribed to those already hospitalized with COVID-19 under a doctor’s supervision
As you might expect, the official is also calling for an investigation by the (HHS) Inspector General. You can also expect Democrat lawmakers to bang the drum for an investigation.
It appears Dr. Rick Bright is preparing for a good old Washington media fight. Has hired attorneys Debra Katz & Lisa Banks, last seen representing Christine Blasey Ford in Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle. https://t.co/TSp8FeLtAd pic.twitter.com/AcQcsO8G62
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 22, 2020
Bright’s attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks represented Blasey Ford when her unfounded sexual assault accusations nearly derailed the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. The lawyers want Bright’s transfer to put on hold pending an investigation into potential workplace retaliation.
Several doctors around the country and around the world have reported positive results in treating coronavirus patients with the anti-malarial drug.
After President Trump said previously that it was worth a try as a potential game-changer, the media and the Democrats (which is generally one and the same) have worked overtime to try to discourage its use.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients on an experimental basis.
When asked about the demotion, President Trump said he never heard of Rick Bright.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 23, 2020
It’s interesting that a man who is decrying the intervention of politics into science has hired a very political, left-wing law firm to handle his case. And another investigation by a self-styled whistle-blower is just what the country needs in the middle of a pandemic.
It could up to 18 months for a coronavirus vaccine to make its way through clinical trials for distribution to the general public, although the Trump administration is trying to streamline this process. The American economy doesn’t have 18 months to spare, however.
Neither the White House nor HHS has provided a comment as yet, but undoubtedly Dr. Bright’s complaint will receive a generous dose of politicized media hype.
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