Former CDC director to change into Gov. Hogan’s well being adviser
Monday, March 1, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, has joined Gov. Larry Hogan’s workplace as a senior adviser for public well being, Hogan introduced Tuesday.
Redfield “will advise us on a variety of instant priorities,” Hogan mentioned.
The place is unpaid, the governor’s workplace mentioned.
Former President Donald Trump appointed Redfield to guide the CDC in 2018. Tuesday’s information is a little bit of a homecoming for Redfield. After years as a U.S. Military doctor, Redfield retired from the service in 1996 to co-found the Institute of Human Virology on the College of Maryland College of Medication.
Redfield congratulated Hogan on a profitable response to COVID-19 and hailed the “very spectacular” mass-vaccination website at M&T Financial institution Stadium, which he visited Monday.
“I wish to encourage Marylanders and all People to embrace the vaccine with confidence and never go away it on the shelf,” Redfield mentioned.
Redfield was requested whether or not he stands by the CDC’s efficiency throughout the pandemic.
“I might simply echo that I proceed to be pleased with the CDC and the women and men there,” Redfield mentioned. “I believe it stays the premier public well being company on the planet. We generated actually hundreds of pages of suggestions to the American public.”
Nonetheless, he mentioned he regretted the “inconsistency of messaging” and mentioned, with out naming names, that you will need to have public well being messaging “echoed by civic leaders.”
Trump and different prime Republicans made quite a lot of false claims in regards to the virus and had been typically seen in public with out face masks.
Hogan mentioned key coronavirus metrics proceed to enhance. He referred to as the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a “literal shot within the arm” for vaccination efforts. Nonetheless, he mentioned the practically 50,000 doses acquired this week would be the solely doses Maryland will obtain for some time. Hogan relayed phrase from federal officers that the federal government emptied its stockpile of the vaccine and that extra doses won’t be out there till round two weeks from now.
“I can guarantee you that no matter provide we’re in a position to obtain, we’re able to deploy and get out to Marylanders,” Hogan mentioned.
Mass-vaccination websites at Six Flags America and M&T Financial institution Stadium are ramping up efforts whereas the positioning on the Baltimore Conference Middle Area Hospital, as introduced Monday, is working to achieve out to underserved Baltimore neighborhoods.
The Southern Maryland website at Regency Furnishings Stadium will open Thursday, every week forward of schedule. An Japanese Shore website will open at Wicomico Youth & Civic Middle by March 18 and a website at Premium Retailers in Hagerstown will open by the tip of the month, Hogan mentioned.