Doug Bedell — May 18, 2020, 12:52 pm

A Warning for the Fall, and the White House


Nothing else matters if we can’t get the U.S. aligned – starting with the White House – to effectively cope with a rebound of the coronavirus this fall. In Homeland Security advises that Dr. Rick Bright was removed as head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority “after sounding the alarm at the Department of Health and Human Services. Bright alleged he became a target of criticism when he urged early efforts to invest in vaccine development and stock up on supplies.”

“‘Our window of opportunity is closing,’ Bright says in his prepared testimony posted on the House committee website. ‘If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities.’

“Bright’s testimony follows this week’s warning by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, that a rushed lifting of store-closing and stay-at-home restrictions could ‘turn back the clock,’ seeding more suffering and death and complicating efforts to get the economy rolling again.”

What could be more troubling to national security than recurring reports like this?

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