Whistleblower Urges Trump To Coordinate With Biden On COVID: ‘Lives Are At Stake Here’

Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on May 14, 2019. Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP v... Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on May 14, 2019. Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Rick Bright, a former top scientist at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department who sounded the alarm on the Trump administration’s politicization of COVID-19 treatment and who now serves as one of President-elect Joe Biden’s experts on the pandemic, called on the administration to stop disrupting the transition process on Tuesday.

During an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Bright emphasized the urgency of the Trump administration sharing its data and resources on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine with the Biden transition team.

“Lives are at stake here,” Bright said. “If we miss this opportunity to coordinate now, we could experience hiccups or delays that really we don’t need to see.”

“Americans deserve a smooth transition so we can make sure to save their lives from this pandemic,” he added.

In May, Bright blew the whistle after he was demoted from his post as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), alleging that the demotion was retaliation for rejecting hydroxychloroquine, Trump’s miracle drug, as treatment for the virus.

Bright resigned in October after being “sidelined from doing any further work” on the pandemic, per his attorneys, and joined Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board shortly after the Democrat won the election.

Watch Bright below:

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  1. Lives are at stake here,” Bright said. “If we miss this opportunity to coordinate now, we could experience hiccups or delays that really we don’t need to see.”

    I might have used a stronger word than “hiccups” – but other than that, I think Rick Bright is, as usual, correct.

  2. What possesses him to think that simple common sense will get anywhere?

    Obviously, he hasn’t been watching Senate Republicans today.

  3. They don’t care lives are at stake. They never have. The only lives they care about are the ones attached to their own paper thin skin.

  4. Who cares about mere lives when twitler’s ego is at stake???

  5. Avatar for grack grack says:

    Won’t someone think of the manchildren??

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