Ousted vaccine official Dr. Rick Bright to testify U.S. must act to prevent 'unprecedented illness and fatalities'

A woman wearing a mask walks the Brooklyn Bridge in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City
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Dr. Rick Bright, the federal official who was allegedly ousted while leading coronavirus vaccine development, reportedly plans to warn Congress that the United States is on the precipice of the "darkest winter in modern history."

Bright, who filed a whistleblower complaint after he was removed as director of the the Department of Health and Human Services's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, will testify before Congress on Thursday, and CNN obtained a a copy of his prepared remarks. Bright plans to reiterate his claim that HHS leadership was "dismissive" of his "dire predictions" about the coronavirus, and he'll urge the U.S. to "act urgently" and ramp up its response.

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