Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Coronavirus Warnings Were Ignored

"Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine, formally filed an extensive whistleblower complaint Tuesday alleging his early warnings about the coronavirus were ignored and that his caution at a treatment favored by President Donald Trump led to his removal.

"I was pressured to let politics and cronyism drive decisions over the opinions of the best scientists we have in government," Bright said on a call with reporters after filing his complaint.

Bright said in the complaint he raised urgent concerns about shortages of critical supplies, including masks, to his superiors in the Trump administration but was met with skepticism and surprise."

Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, and Kevin Liptak report for CNN May 5, 2020.


"Rick Bright, Former Top Vaccine Scientist, Files Whistleblower Complaint" (NPR)

"Whistleblower: US Failed To Prepare, Sought Quick Virus Fix" (AP)

"Official Fired for Standing Up to Trump’s Coronavirus Corruption Files Whistleblower Complaint" (The Intercept)

"Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says In Complaint" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: CNN, 05/06/2020