WASHINGTON, DC – After meeting today with Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump Administration officials in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“We need to work together to protect the American people.  The federal government needs to step up and ensure doctors and hospitals have the resources they need to test and care for people who get sick.  The Vice President didn’t provide a lot of concrete answers in the meeting.  But my message remains: we need to let science and public health experts - not political considerations - guide decisions and shape the response.  Transparency, coordination, and communication are key.”