FDA chief self-quarantines after coming involved with particular person who examined optimistic for coronavirus

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“As Dr. Hahn wrote in a be aware to workers in the present day, he lately got here into contact with a person who has examined optimistic for COVID-19. Per (Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention) pointers, he’s now in self-quarantine for the subsequent two weeks. He instantly took a diagnostic take a look at and examined destructive for the virus,” FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

Whereas the FDA didn’t title the particular person with whom Hahn got here into contact, President Donald Trump earlier Friday had revealed that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, had examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Hahn is a member of the White Home coronavirus activity pressure, which held its most up-to-date assembly on Thursday.

Pence's press secretary tests positive for coronavirus, Trump says

An official aware of the scenario contained in the White Home coronavirus activity pressure informed CNN it is unclear whether or not some on the panel will go into quarantine and that extra shall be recognized about subsequent steps on Saturday.

Miller was the second White Home member to check optimistic for the virus this week after one in all Trump’s private valets examined optimistic on Thursday.

A senior White Home official informed CNN on Friday that contact tracing was carried out contained in the White Home after Miller’s optimistic take a look at. The entire folks whom she was in contact with, together with her husband, Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, examined destructive, the official mentioned.

The White Home has begun ensuring staffers put on masks within the White Home residence and growing testing and temperature checks all through the West Wing.

The FDA has been closely concerned with the federal government’s response to the pandemic, reviewing checks, potential vaccines and coverings and helping with the medical provide chain.

Hahn had been anticipated to testify subsequent week at a Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions committee listening to on the federal government’s response to coronavirus.

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