US vaccine expert dismissed for criticizing chloroquine treatment
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US vaccine expert dismissed for criticizing chloroquine treatment

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Dr Rick Bright, the head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against coronavirus, said he was removed from his job for opposing the chloroquine treatment promoted by Trump.

The director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was moved to a lesser position in the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday.

"I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit," he said in a statement.

Bright said he will be asking the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the Trump administration's politicisation of BARDA and its pressuring of scientists to favour companies with political connections.

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