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Rick Bright, who was ousted from the top job at BARDA this week, has decided to put the Trump administration on trial and the charge is politicizing science, STAT explains. In his telling, he is the first clear casualty of a White House war on the scientific process, unceremoniously demoted for refusing to invest federal money in an untested coronavirus therapy that President Trump has nonetheless embraced. He alleges, too, that he had to resist “efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections.”

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