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Federal agency says removal of vaccine chief may have been retaliation

Posted May 8, 2020 3:05 p.m. EDT

— The investigative office reviewing the whistleblower complaint of former federal vaccine chief Dr. Richard Bright has determined there is reason to believe he had been removed as retaliation, Bright's lawyers said Friday.

The office is recommending he be reinstated during the investigation, the lawyers said.

The Office of Special Counsel "advised that in light of this determination, it would contact the Department of Health and Human Services ('HHS') to request that it stay Dr. Bright's removal as Director of BARDA for 45 days to allow OSC sufficient time to complete its investigation of Bright's allegations," Bright's lawyers said in a statement.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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