U.S. vice presidential debate to incorporate plexiglass barrier after White Home outbreak

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By Jeff Mason and Joseph Ax

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris shall be separated by a plexiglass barrier throughout their debate on Wednesday, a supply conversant in the matter mentioned, in an effort to decrease the danger of coronavirus transmission.

The talk, the one one scheduled between the vice presidential candidates, is scheduled for Salt Lake Metropolis, six days after President Donald Trump introduced he had contracted the virus.

Each Harris, a U.S. senator, and Republican Pence have examined damaging in current days, with the vice chairman working from residence over the weekend as an alternative of on the White Home. Quite a lot of White Home staffers and Republican allies, together with three U.S. senators, have examined constructive for COVID-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus.

The Fee on Presidential Debates, which oversees the talk, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

In a press release, Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller, mentioned: “If Senator Harris desires to make use of a fortress round herself, have at it.”

In response, Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for Harris, wrote on Twitter: “Fascinating that @VPComDir Katie Miller mocks our wanting a plexiglass barrier on the talk stage, when her personal boss is supposedly answerable for the COVID-19 activity drive and needs to be advocating for this too.”

Miller herself had COVID-19 within the spring.

Additionally on Monday, Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh mentioned the president intends to take part within the subsequent presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami.

Trump was leaving a army hospital https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-trump/dont-be-afraid-of-virus-trump-says-as-he-prepares-to-leave-hospital-idUSKBN26Q0CS on Monday after three days of therapy, though blended messages from the White Home have prompted uncertainty about how ailing he turned.

Biden mentioned on Monday he was keen to take part in subsequent week’s scheduled debate with Trump so long as well being consultants say it might be secure.

The prognosis has raised questions in regards to the security of staging the debates for the Nov. 3 election. The primary of three scheduled debates happened final week, two days earlier than Trump examined constructive for the coronavirus.

“If the scientists say that it is secure and the distances are secure, then I believe that is nice. I am going to do regardless of the consultants say is the suitable factor to do,” Biden, who examined damaging for COVID-19 over the weekend, advised reporters in Delaware earlier than heading to Florida on a marketing campaign journey.

The traditional quarantine interval for anybody testing constructive for the novel coronavirus is 14 days.

Trump has continuously performed down the specter of the pandemic that has now contaminated 7.4 million Individuals and killed greater than 209,000. Biden has criticized Trump for not taking the well being considerations significantly sufficient.