Thursday, May 14, 2020

Last Window

Congressman, I'll never forget the emails I received from him from Mike Bowen indicating that are our mask supplier, N95 respiratory supplier, was completely decimated.  He said, "We're in deep shit, the world is, and we need to act." I pushed that forward to the highest levels I could in HHS and got no response.  From that moment I knew that we were going to have a crisis for our healthcare workers because we were not taking action.  We were already behind the ball.  That was our last window of opportunity to turn on that production, to save the lives of those healthcare workers and we didn't act.

-- Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifying before Congress about a moment in January when he realized the federal government was failing to respond appropriately to covid-19, 14 May 2020

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