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Ben Carson talks about promise of Baltimore, progress on coronavirus vaccine

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Friday, September 18, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke to Torrey Snow on Thursday about the promise of Baltimore.

Carson first came to Baltimore as a prospective medical student in the 1970s and was far from impressed.

“But after I finished medical school, they had already begun real impressive development of the Inner Harbor and over the course of my residency, it really blossomed,” said Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “It’s only been more recently that it’s been a problematic issue, but it tells you that that potential is still there.”

Carson said cities like Baltimore benefit from cooperation among federal, state and local officials, with input from nonprofits, faith-based organizations and the private sector.

“Those are the ones where you get the synergy and it makes a huge difference,” Carson said.

Carson also weighed in on how to uplift underprivileged residents, the conversation about police reform and President Donald Trump’s recent comments about when a coronavirus vaccine could be ready. Trump has suggested a vaccine could be ready in time for Election Day, though top health officials like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield have demurred on the subject.

“Well first of all the way those trials are done with phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, there’s no shortcuts in that,” Carson said. “That is not going to happen and it can’t happen, even if you wanted it to happen. If you were the president and you wanted it to happen, you would be slapped down.”

Carson said pharmaceutical companies deserve credit for their cooperative work on vaccines and treatments.

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