The Trump administration is hiring consultants with drug industry ties to steer its effort to find a coronavirus vaccine under a contract that allows them to avoid disclosing potential conflicts of interest.


“For a drug company executive with clear conflicts of interest who is already skirting government ethics rules to be given ‘free’ housing by a private contractor who was awarded a vague $600,000 government contract smacks of the kind of corruption that is unacceptable in any government program,” said Eli Zupnick of Patients Over Pharma, a campaign run by progressive group Accountable.US.

“Examples like these are exactly why [Operation Warp Speed] needs to be brought out of the shadows,” Zupnick added.