Ousted vaccine official warns ‘unprecedented’ fatalities are possible

READ: Rick Bright's full whistleblower complaint Dr. Rick Bright, who was ousted recently from a job overseeing federal coronavirus vaccine development, plans to testify to Congress on Thursday that the Trump administration was unprepared for the crisis.

His planned remarks reportedly also include a warning that the nation could face a surge in infections and deaths without enhanced preparations for further outbreaks.

“Our window of opportunity is closing. 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 says in prepared testimony obtained by CNN. “Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be darkest winter in modern history.”

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