Vice President Pence will be protected by a Plexiglas barrier during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate in Utah against Sen. Kamala Harris — in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The news comes after the vice president’s team was cleared to take part in the debate by CDC director Robert Redfield, who signed off on a memo Tuesday evening saying Pence posed no risk by participating in an in-person capacity.
“After a detailed discussion with Dr. Shonau about his investigation and the serial negative testing results of the Vice President, the CDC concludes from a public health standpoint, it is safe for the Vice President to participate in the upcoming Vice-Presidential debate,” Redfield wrote.
Concerns have mounted following President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis last Friday, which resulted in a four-day hospital stay for the commander-in-chief.
Pence, who has repeatedly tested negative for Covid-19, found himself at odds with the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates earlier this week over their decision to erect Plexiglas barriers to protect the two candidates and the moderator, Susan Page of USA Today.