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A high-ranking government whistleblower who alleges the Trump administration fumbled its coronavirus response resigned, saying he has been forced out, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reported for the Associated Press (AP).

Lawyers for Dr. Rick Bright said he was sidelined at the National Institutes of Health, where he had been transferred this spring after being ousted as head of a biodefense agency. Attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said NIH superiors ignored a national coronavirus testing strategy that Bright developed because he had become politically toxic within the Trump administration.

“NIH leadership declined to support Dr. Bright’s recommendations because of political considerations, plain and simple,” the lawyers said. “This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. He can no longer countenance working for an administration that puts politics over science to the great detriment of the American people.”There was no immediate response from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Bright went public with his complaint in May, alleging he had been summarily removed as agency head because he resisted pressure to flood the New York area with hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that President Donald Trump was touting as a treatment for COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine has been banned for use among COVID patients since they instigate coronary problems and has killed many pandemic sufferers.

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