Beyond COVID-19: Ousted BARDA Chief’s Whistleblower Complaint Suggests Widespread Politicization of HHS Funding Decisions
Ousted BARDA Director Rick Bright's whistleblower complaint cites a long-pattern of political interference in scientific decisions making and could lead to overhauls in how BARDA and other HHS contracts are awarded to the drug industry. It could also impact how Congress funds BARDA, following a recent move by lawmakers to give the division more direct control of its funding.
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