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Pence tests negative for COVID-19 on Thursday

Pence tests negative for COVID-19 on Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence makes a point during the vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the coronavirus on Thursday (Oct 8), a senior administration official said.

Pence participated in a debate on Wednesday night with Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and was to attend two campaign events in Nevada and Arizona on Thursday.

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During the debate on Wednesday night,  both candidates were separated by a plexiglass barrier in an effort to lower the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Pence had tested negative last week as well, after President Donald Trump announced he contracted COVID-19 and was under quarantine.

On Wednesday, Trump, eager to revitalise his ailing re-election campaign, repeatedly stressed how well he felt so far in his recovery from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It was unclear if he was still testing positive for the virus.

"I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise," Trump said, adding that his use of the medication from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc had allowed him to experience first-hand how effective it could be.

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Source: Reuters/aa

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