Aug 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden, Harris to receive regular COVID-19 tests

Harris and Biden stand next to each other in front of an American flag

Biden and Harris conclude the Democratic National Conventio on Aug. 20 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris plan to get regularly tested as they ramp up in-person campaigning ahead of Election Day, a Biden campaign spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Why it matters: Biden had not received a coronavirus test as of this weekend, his deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Bedingfield said that Biden did not have the virus, but did not clarify how that was determined without a test.

What they're saying: "For the entirety of this outbreak, Joe Biden has lived his values, modelling and strongly encouraging responsible behavior to keep Americans safe while proposing the kind of desperately-needed national strategy for defeating this pandemic that Donald Trump still has not provided," campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.

  • "Donald Trump has been the polar opposite: failing us on testing and PPE, failing to act on early warnings, trusting China over both the U.S. intelligence community as well as Joe Biden, and frequently contradicting his own public health experts."
  • "This announcement is another step demonstrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' commitment to turn the page on Trump's catastrophic mismanagement during the worst public health crisis in 100 years." 
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