A former US top health official said to the congress that the US could experience its “darkest winter in modern history” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The US is dealing with the highest number of cases-there are 1,052,654 active cases of coronavirus whereas 86,912 people have died and 318,027 have recovered.
Rick Bright was leading a government agency that was struggling to develop a vaccine. However, he was removed from his designation last month.
He had earlier said that he was removed from his job as he raised concern over a treatment overhyped by President Donald Trump.
Rick Bright said to theHouse of Representatives subcommittee on health “lives were lost” as the government was inactive in the early stages of the outbreak. He also said that he had first talked about the shortage of medical equipment in January, increasing the issue to the highest level but got no reply.
He said, “If we fail to improve our response now, based on science, I fear the pandemic will get worse and be prolonged,”
“Without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history.”
“He said… we need to act. And I pushed that forward to the highest level that I could of HHS – and got no response.”
Mr. Bright claimed that he was removed from his post as he insisted that money should be used “into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit”.”I spoke out then, and I am testifying today because science – not politics or cronyism – must lead the way to combat this deadly virus,” he added.