Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Joe Biden and Coronavirus testing.
Joe Biden’s campaign announced that it will now disclose the result of every coronavirus test the candidate takes. This is following increased pressure for more transparency after Trump recently tested positive for the virus and VP Pence has released results for two consecutive days.
“We have adhered to strict and extensive safety practices recommended by public health experts and doctors in all of our campaigning including social distancing, mask wearing, and additional safeguards,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “Vice President Biden is being tested regularly, and we will be releasing the results of each test.”
It was not said how often Biden would be undergoing tests, beyond saying they would happen on a regular basis. Biden, who tested negative Friday, told reporters he had not undergone a test Saturday but would on Sunday.
Biden’s campaign has scrapped a partially indoor event and suspended negative ads since Trump’s diagnosis, while the candidate himself took the unusual step of wearing a mask throughout an entire speech and, on Saturday, declined to criticize the president during a town hall event with transit workers.
Biden’s approach has come under scrutiny now that Trump has been hospitalized. But unlike Trump, the former vice president has made a point of abiding by the recommendations of public health officials, although he has continued his travel despite his proximity to Trump on the debate stage last Tuesday.
Biden was initially reluctant to criticize Trump during a virtual event with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union when he was asked how he would handle the coronavirus pandemic differently.
“Fundamentally differently,” Biden said. Then he added, “I’m in a little bit of a spot here because I don’t want to be attacking the president and the first lady now, because they’ve now contracted the coronavirus. Jill and I pray for their quick recovery.”