DR. RICK BRIGHT (GUEST): When this pandemic started, I sprung into action. I found out that I was moving light speed ahead of this administration before they were willing to admit we had a problem. I had plans in place to try to make a vaccine. I had plans in place to start drug development. I had plans in place to work on diagnostics and tests. We knew what we had to do, but this administration refused to admit it. So, I was, I think in their eyes, a fly in the ointment because I was pushing for the inevitable, this pandemic that was emerging. All the signs were there. I had no doubt in my mind. And scientists like me had no doubt in their minds about where this was going, once we saw what was happening in China. This administration didn't want to admit it.
When I sounded the alarms to make masks to protect our healthcare workers, they resisted. When I sounded alarms to start vaccine development, they resisted. When I sounded alarms to buy swabs, the essential component for the test, they resisted. So, when I spoke up about the dangers of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine and the recklessness that our public health political officials were doing to push this drug out, to flood the streets is the note I saw from the White House directly, "flood the streets." That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. I could not sit by and be complicit and watch people in danger and watch people die. I had to speak up. When I did, they pushed me out.