GOP Senator Announces He Has Participated in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

GOP Senator Announces He Has Participated in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials


Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has announced he is participating in clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine.

In an interview Tuesday with CNBC, Portman, 64, said he hoped to help bolster public confidence in a vaccine by participating in Johnson & Johnson’s phase three trials.

“The most important thing we can do right now is get these vaccines out and on the market, and we’ve got to ensure people are actually going to get vaccinated,” the senator said on “Squawk Box.”

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He touted a vaccine as a better alternative to further lockdowns and asked people to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“It’s one thing to have the vaccines, which I think will be ready by the end of this year, so really in just a month and a half, but we’ve got to be sure that people are willing to be vaccinated,” said Portman, who was wearing a

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