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Critic of Trump Pandemic Response Leaves Prevention Program

  • Bright had condemned Trump administration’s Covid response
  • Rockefeller Foundation will keep unit that was to be spun out
Rick Bright in 2020. 
Rick Bright in 2020. Photographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg
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Rick Bright, a former US health official who condemned the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response, is leaving a Rockefeller Foundation pandemic prevention effort just over a year and a half after being tapped to lead it. 

Bright will depart from the foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute, according to a spokesperson for the New York-based philanthropy. The effort itself, once intended to be spun off as an independent entity, will be subsumed by the foundation.