Updated: March 1, 2021
The White House said on Friday people who are expected to get in President Donald Trump’s close proximity will be given a “quick test” for coronavirus. This also applies to people who are expected to go near Vice President Mike Pence.
The White House spokesman Judd Deere said the decision was made “as the Physician to the President and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the President and Vice President.”
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“Starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission,” Deere added.
Reports said the requirement is not expected to apply, for example, to members of the press pool, who are kept relatively far away from Trump and Pence at briefings and other events.
The new “quick test” can generate results within 15 minutes.