Coronapod: One whistle-blower’s quest to take politics out of coronavirus surveillance

Nature

Noah Baker and Amy Maxmen talk whistle-blowers, politics and COVID surveillance

Rick Bright exposed former president Trump’s political meddling in the US COVID response. Now he is championing a new privately funded initiative to track viral spread and combat new variants.

We discuss the challenges of collecting data on a rapidly spreading virus, from transmission dynamics to genomic surveillance. We also ask why a veteran government scientist like Bright, the ex-director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, would take a new path in the private sector.

News Q&A: Pandemic whistle-blower: we need a non-political way to track viruses

News: Why US coronavirus tracking can’t keep up with concerning variants

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