Hutchinson native to testify about pandemic

Whistleblower plans to tell House subcommittee that the 'window of opportunity' to respond to pandemic is closing.


National News

May 14, 2020 - 9:12 AM

A screen grab of Dr. Rick Bright on MSNBC's "The Beat" on May 5, 2020. (Brian Cahn/ZUMA Wire/TNS)

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration health official who filed a whistleblower complaint last week plans to tell Congress today that without a science-based national response to the pandemic, 2020 will be the “darkest winter in modern history.”

“Our window of opportunity is closing,” Rick Bright will tell the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, according to his prepared testimony.

The mortality of the pandemic could be “unprecedented” and ultimately outstrip the 50 million casualties of the 1918 influenza epidemic, wrote Bright, who was recently transferred from his position as Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority director.

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