BARDA Shake Up May Prompt Broad Review Of Politicization of Countermeasures Office
Rick Bright is requesting an inspector general investigation into his removal as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development, accusing the Trump administration of favoring politics over science when making COVID-19 funding decisions.
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