U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin speak about the new cases of coronavirus in Maryland.
Maryland’s U.S. senators expressed faith Friday in the handling of the new coronavirus, saying a vaccine is being developed as quickly as possible and that new testing capacity -- covered by insurance ---should help contain the respiratory disease.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said he hoped the White House would improve its messaging as Maryland and the nation seeks to keep the disease in check.
“This needs to be dealt with as a public health crisis and not a political crisis or political problem,” the Democrat said after visiting the vaccine research center at the National Institutes of Health along with Sen. Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin.
“I think it’s been very clear that at least at the very outset you had a lot of political messaging coming out of the White House and President Trump when they should have been letting the scientists guide the conversation," Van Hollen said..
“It’s very important people have the confidence in the information that they are getting,” he said. “I think we’re all pleased with the way this has been handled in Maryland and in Montgomery county. That’s a good model.”