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We'll continue seeing this until we put vaccine equity at the top of our list -- not just donating a few doses or even a billion doses but putting resources in place around the world.
I am grateful to have resolved my employment claims so I can focus all of my attention on my lifelong career goal : containing global outbreaks and preventing pandemics to ensure the world never again suffers the consequences we have seen over the past 18 months.
President-elect Biden, and his leadership and listening to scientists, believe that if we all wore our masks for 100 days, we would have a significant reduction in the transmission of the virus, the science shows that wearing a face mask reduces the spread. I think it would have a huge impact.
We have a very rigorous scientific review process for all the investments that we make for the drugs, vaccines and diagnostics through BARDA and through our department, there were some attempts to bypass that rigorous vetting process that caused me great concern.
Lives were endangered, and I believe lives were lost. Not only that, we were forced to procure the supplies from other countries without the right quality standards, so even our doctors and nurses in the hospitals today are wearing N95-marked masks from other countries that are not providing the sufficient protection that a US-standard N95 mask would provide them.
From that moment, I knew that we were going to have a crisis for health care workers because we were not taking action, we were already behind the ball.
Each is coming with a lot of prior experience, they all know how to scale up.
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I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the Covid-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit, i am speaking out because to combat this deadly virus, science -- not politics or cronyism -- has to lead the way.
I insisted that these drugs be provided only to hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 while under the supervision of a physician.
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