Too Many Generals? The Potential Downside Of ‘Operation Warp Speed’
A Manhattan Project-style campaign to accelerate COVID-19 treatments could help end the pandemic. But it also brings another set of layers – and yet a new group of leaders – into an already complex network.
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Congress wants HHS to explain why BARDA scientists were removed from leadership positions on COVID-19 vaccine contracts. It is just one of multiple examples of Democrats raising concerns that Operation Warp Speed could be hurting, not helping the COVID-19 response effort.
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