Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) and Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) exchanged words about wearing a mask on the U.S. Senate floor and the Republicans’ twisted sense of priorities.
“I don’t need your instruction,” Sen. Sullivan responded.
“I know you don’t need my instruction, but there clearly isn’t much interest in this body in public health,” Sen. Brown said. “We have a president who hasn’t shown up at the coronavirus task force meeting in months. We have a majority leader who calls us back here to vote on an unqualified nominee.”
Ohio’s other senator, Rob Portman says he will participate in a phase three COVID-19 vaccine trial.
Portman says he signed up for the clinical trial for a Janssen-Johnson & Johnson vaccine after receiving a briefing from a Cincinnati-based clinical trial consulting firm.
“I look at it as a way I can play a small role in supporting our country’s health care response to this pandemic,” Portman said in a statement. “The more people Johnson & Johnson has in the trial, the sooner they can have the complete data they need to finalize this phase of the trial, and move on to the FDA approval process.”