Former CDC director joins Maryland's COVID-19 team, serves as senior advisor for public health
BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —A former federal public health official is joining Maryland's COVID-19 response team.
Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield will serve as a senior advisor for public health to support Maryland's ongoing response to COVID-19.
“From the very beginning of this crisis, I have always emphasized how important it is to follow the science and to get the best advice from the medical experts, and we’re very fortunate to have such a renowned expert as Dr. Redfield, that he has returned to Maryland and that he has agreed to join our world-class team of doctors and public health experts”, Governor Larry Hogan said during his press conference on Tuesday.
Dr. Redfield says, over the past year, he has observed how every state in the nation has responded to the pandemic.
He also says, “Vaccines are the most important gift of science to modern medicine, and today we have three approved COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna, and now J and J.”
The J&J vaccine, also known as Johnson and Johnson is being manufactured at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in east Baltimore.
Gov. Hogan announced, “Maryland is receiving an initial allocation of 49,600 of Johnson and Johnson. These doses will be deployed across the state this week, including to mass vaccination sites, hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies, and local Health Departments. Providers will begin to receive their shipments of Johnson and Johnson as early as today”.
During the press conference, Governor Hogan also announced, three more COVID-19 vaccination sites will soon open in Maryland.