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Ousted Department of Health and Human Services whistleblower Dr. Richard Bright warned Congress on Thursday that he feared the coronavirus pandemic would get “far worse and be prolonged” and cause “unprecedented illness and fatalities” if the U.S. fails to develop a science-based response.

President Trump on Thursday suggested the practice of widespread Covid-19 testing may be “overrated” during a visit to Owens & Minor Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which makes medical supplies. Health experts say testing is key to safely loosen restrictions and reopen businesses.

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