Rick Bright does Hutchinson proud

He is raising the alarm about the darkest possibilities of the coronavirus pandemic, especially without an effective government response.

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May 18, 2020 - 9:46 AM

In 2017, according to the Hutchinson News, the government official and pandemic expert “was awarded a place on Hutchinson High School’s Wall of Honor, and he was honored in the homecoming parade.”

Now, after having been ousted from his role as director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, Bright is making all of Kansas proud again. He is raising the alarm about the darkest possibilities of the coronavirus pandemic, especially without an effective government response.

“Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities,” he said in testimony delivered Thursday to a U.S. House panel.

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