WASHINGTON | The head of a u.s. government agency responsible for the development of treatments and vaccines against the novel coronavirus, Rick Bright, said Wednesday, having been sacked from his post for political reasons, because of his opposition to a wide use of chloroquine, a drug touted by Donald Trump.
Rick Bright headed until recently the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a partner of two companies developing vaccines against the Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. He was transferred to the national Institutes of health, according to the site Stat.
“I believe that my transfer is due to the fact that I insisted for the government to invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress for pandemic Covid-19 in solutions that are safe and scientifically validated, not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies without scientific merit,” said Rick Bright, in a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday.
“I am speaking, because in the fight against the deadly virus, the science, and not politics and cronyism, should guide us,” he continued.
He tells himself to be opposed to the leadership of the department of Health, appointed by the president, on the chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, drugs, anti-malarial former that are used by physicians against the Covid-19, but without that we still have clinical studies demonstrating their effectiveness, and this in spite of the risk of cardiac complications.
“Specifically, and contrary to guidelines ill-advised, I have limited the widespread use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, promoted by the administration as a panacea, but who lack the evidence of scientific merit,” says Rick Bright.
He said that he had to be beaten to restrict to only those patients hospitalized with the use of these drugs, instead of an authorization “on demand” by the general public.
The american government had finally granted an emergency authorization for the hospital.
Complaining of his removal in the midst of a pandemic, he warned that he would ask the inspector general of Health to investigate “the way in which this administration has politicized the work” of his ex-agency, and ” put pressure on me and other scientists conscientious to finance enterprises with political connections “.
On Tuesday, a panel of american experts under the aegis of the national Institutes of health has recommended that physicians treat their patients Covid-19 with the dual treatment hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, dual therapy, promoted in France by dr. Didier Raoult.
Donald Trump himself had called the chloroquine of the ” gift of heaven “, in march, but recently, he forebore to quote the drug, the scientists who are advising him remaining at this point reserved, including dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of infectious diseases.