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NEW: Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted BARDA chief who had led vaccine development for Covid-19, revealed his whistleblower complaint today.

He says Trump admin demanded NY and NJ be "flooded" with hydroxychloroquine as an unproven "panacea."

Doc:  https://www.kmblegal.com/sites/default/files/NEW%20R.%20Bright%20OSC%20Complaint_Redacted.pdf 

Joining a telephone press conference now announcing this complaint:

Bright himself is on the call, as are his attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks.

Nick Schwellenbach, a senior investigator at the Project On Government Oversight, is also on the call.

"Dr. Bright's removal from BARDA was retaliation, pure and simple," Katz says.

Lisa Banks delivers her opening remarks now:

She says that Bright's immediate supervisor, Dr. Robert Kadlec, pressured him to award contracts based on cronyism.

Banks detailing one of those alleged cronyism awards:

In one example pre-dating the pandemic, Bright says Kadlec wanted him to award contracts to a CEO who was "friends with Jared Kushner" and "had Hollywood connections."

From the complaint.

Examples of Bright's advice on the pandemic the Trump admin allegedly ignored:

* That U.S. needs 3.5 BILLION masks, but stockpile only has 100 million.

* A syringe shortage

"We do not have needles and syringes to administer any sort of vaccine at this point," Katz said.

For Bright, Katz says, the Trump admin's constant pushing of hydroxychloroquine was the "straw that broke the camel's back."

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