One day after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul chastised infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Capitol Hill hearing on COVID-19 research, a Maryland senator and health officials want Americans to use “credible sources” to help combat the virus.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who led a virtual press conference, said spreading misinformation about the vaccines “is shameful and downright dangerous.”
“We have to keep the pressure on because every day that goes by, that some misinformation is allowed to spread…, more people die,” he said. “This virus doesn’t distinguish or differentiate political party or political views.”
Van Hollen didn’t say whether any sort of punishment would be levied on those such as Paul and other Republican lawmakers who criticize the science behind COVID-19.
Van Hollen suggested that he and others should continue to publicly name those who purposely lie about the effects of the COVID-19 vaccines.
A political fundraising committee for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) offers merchandise on sale at that includes “Don’t Fauci My Florida” and “Keep Florida Free.”
A CNN analysis found that nine states, led by Republican governors in Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont, enacted legislation prohibiting school districts from requiring masks in schools.
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said she’s received threats for presenting information about COVID-19. Due to the threats, she said the university has provided protection for her and her family.
“We’re just there to share what we know. I try to do so without judgement,” she said. “I judge people who don’t want to get vaccinated. I am happy to answer questions, but I also don’t expect, as part of the job, to fear for my safety. We really need to do something about this.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Delta variant accounts for about 83% of the coronavirus cases in the nation.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week that more than 96% of those hospitalized hadn’t received a vaccine.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murphy said Sunday that 99% of deaths reported were for people who weren’t vaccinated.
As of Wednesday, more than 4 million people worldwide have died worldwide from COVID-19. That includes nearly 607,300 deaths in the U.S.
“Most of [the deaths have] actually happened since we have developed vaccines,” Nuzzo said. “We are in a worrisome place right.”
Andy Slavitt, a former senior adviser to President Joe Biden’s Covid Response Team, said “all solutions should be on the table” to tackle the spread of misinformation.
With billions of dollars in federal resources provided to fight COVID-19, Slavitt suggested leaders in the public and private sectors ask this question: “How do we ensure a safe space here?”
“I would propose that everybody coming into my work space, or my venue, is either vaccinated or if they chose not to, take [a] daily test,” he said. “There’s lots of room to do this. These are complex issues and I’m suggesting they’re easy. We don’t need to come to an agreement on everything. We are asking people to put politics aside.”

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