Man who led US drug agency removed from his post

The doctor claimed he was abruptly removed because, he claims, he pushed science-based vetting of hydroxycloroquine.
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Doctor at the Department of Health and Human Services tonight a keep in helping to lead the fight to develop a vaccine. He now says he's been removed from his post he says because he spoke up about drugs not backed by science including hydroxy or quit. Here's Terry Moran tonight. Tonight. Doctor Rick Wright who led the key federal agency that developing drugs at a vaccine to fight the corona virus is suddenly out of his job Andy speaking out. Bright says he was abruptly removed from his post this week because he claims he insisted on a rigorous science based vetting of hide drugs at lower queen. The anti malaria drug that's been embraced by president trump I think it could be something really incredibly having some very. Good things happening where that doctor bright in a statement he released after being transferred to another agency declared. I am speaking out because to combat this deadly virus science not politics or cronyism. Has to lead the way. Bright says he defined directives to push the anti malaria drugs saying it was being promoted by the administration as a panacea. But clearly lacks scientific merit. The veterans administration tried it on -- but nineteen patients and researchers say it may lead to a higher death rate Jonathan Karl pressed the president on this new findings. Experts that the NIH is actually now recommending against the use. And proxy clerk quick combinations he's which is something duplicated Lieberman. Always willing to take a restaurant and his allies have hyped the drug repeatedly to the apparent dismay of doctor Anthony county who's called the evidence for its use anecdotal and without due tried to answer a question from a reporter earlier this month. He was pushed aside from presently are correct answer that question fifteen years so let's bring in Terry Moran live from Washington tonight and Terry this doctor is now calling for investigation. That's right David doctor bright is asking the inspector general the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate what the doctor says is quote the politicization. Of work on medicines in a vaccine for the corona virus. The doctors also hired lawyers the same lawyers who represented actor Christian blog before justice Brett Cavanaugh is accuser. They say that his removal from that post was quote retaliation plain and simple and they want to see him reinstated. It like Terry thank you.

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